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      Help a Family Who's House Burned Down.

      Wednesday, May 23, 2007

      On April 19th, there was a house that caught on fire behind the Bi-Lo in Clemson. There was some severe damage done to the family's house and belongings. We have set up a PayPal account to help raise money for this family. We'll post more information when we receive it about contacts, donations, etc.

      For now, we will take donations and give them to the family all at once when we have collected enough. The neighbors said this would be a great way to help immediately. All these donations go straight to the family (as if we needed to say that). The family is now staying at various locations like hotels, relatives houses, etc. in the meantime.

      To get in contact with either Susan or Lane:

      Pager: (843)728-0376
      ( cedarson@gmail.com )

      ( syenser@clemson.edu )




      "Sin is the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4).

      He who wishes to attain right views about Christian holiness must begin by examining the vast and solemn subject of sin. He must dig down very low if he would build high. A mistake here is most mischievous. Wrong views about holiness are generally traceable to wrong views about human corruption. I make no apology for beginning this volume of messages about holiness by making some plain statements about sin.

      The plain truth is that a right understanding of sin lies at the root of all saving Christianity. Without it such doctrines as justification, conversion, sanctification, are "words and names" which convey no meaning to the mind. The first thing, therefore, that God does when He makes anyone a new creature in Christ is to send light into his heart and show him that he is a guilty sinner. The material creation in Genesis began with "light," and so also does the spiritual creation. God "shines into our hearts" by the work of the Holy Spirit and then spiritual life begins (2 Cor. 4:6). Dim or indistinct views of sin are the origin of most of the errors, heresies and false doctrines of the present day. If a man does not realize the dangerous nature of his soul’s disease, you cannot wonder if he is content with false or imperfect remedies. I believe that one of the chief wants of the contemporary church has been, and is, clearer, fuller teaching about sin.

      1. I will begin the subject by supplying some definition of sin. We are all, of course, familiar with the terms "sin" and "sinners." We talk frequently of "sin" being in the world and of men committing "sins." But what do we mean by these terms and phrases? Do we really know? I fear there is much mental confusion and haziness on this point. Let me try, as briefly as possible, to supply an answer.

      "Sin," speaking generally, is, as the Ninth Article of our church declares, "the fault and corruption of the nature of every man that is naturally engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusts always against the spirit; and, therefore, in every person born into the world, it deserves God’s wrath and damnation." Sin is that vast moral disease which affects the whole human race, of every rank and class and name and nation and people and tongue, a disease from which there never was but one born of woman that was free. Need I say that One was Christ Jesus the Lord?

      I say, furthermore, that "a sin," to speak more particularly, consists in doing, saying, thinking or imagining anything that is not in perfect conformity with the mind and law of God. "Sin," in short as the Scripture says, is "the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4). The slightest outward or inward departure from absolute mathematical parallelism with God’s revealed will and character constitutes a sin, and at once makes us guilty in God’s sight.

      Of course, I need not tell anyone who reads his Bible with attention that a...

      - J. C. Ryle


      No Man Can Serve Two Masters... But Oh, How They Try!

      Friday, May 11, 2007

      For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast himself.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (Ephesians 2:8-9)

      Lord willing, I am going to write this blog post and direct it to non-Christians who believe themselves to be in the book of life, but first, this is what a non-Christian is:

      If any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (Romans 8:9)

      The truth is, if you do not have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you are not a Christian, you are not saved, and you are going to hell unless you believe in Jesus Christ, repent, and are born again of the Spirit and water. Before you say that you believe in Jesus Christ, let me ask you something: Right now, as I'm writing this, I have $5.00. You say, "No. You don't have $5.00. I do not believe what you say to be truth." Well, does the fact that you do not believe that I have $5.00 negate the truth that I have $5.00? Of course not. Just because you don't believe that the truth is true, it does not affect the validity of the truth. Jesus Christ is the truth. (John 14:6 ) What he says is to be taken as truth regardless of our disposition. With that said, Jesus Christ said this:

      No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he shall lean (or hold) to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches.

      (Matthew 6:24)

      Jesus of Nazareth is quite clear. There are two masters to serve: God or riches(worldly gain). You cannot serve both of them. The realization and belief of this truth is vital to understanding the rest of what I am going to say, Lord willing.

      Do you attend "church" regularly? Oh, are you glad that you do? Answer this question, then: Does your preacher boast about what God has done or, rather, what his "church" is doing. Now when I say, "does he boast about what God has done?", I am not implying what the pastor may consider to be "the Lord's work": "Oh, Praise the Lord! We got this new building! We got this new rock band! Our church saved this many people last weekend! (which if you believe the truth, unless God draws someone, no man comes to the Son. (John 6:44) )" Instead, I am referring to, "Are you growing in holiness because without holiness you will not see God? (Heb. 12:14) Are you not allowing men to bear rule over you at their own pleasure by making you succumb to a false humiltiy to appease their fleshly mind? (Colossians 2:18) Have you been led to repent of flattering people for selfish gain? (Romans 16:18) You know... growing in the basics of Christianity.

      Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. He is the Son of God. If you believe Jesus, you believe the truth. If you don't believe Jesus, you are not a believer and do not believe the truth. Another term for this is: you are an unbeliever. If you are an unbeliever, you are not faithful. How could you be to someone you don't believe? A person who is not faithful is commonly reffered to in the Bible as an infidel. If you are an infidel, you boast yourself. There is no getting around it.

      Most men will boast everyone their own goodness, but a faithful man, who can find?

      (Proverbs 20:6)

      Let me use this as a crude example: There is a man who is in a house burning to death. You have the water to put out the fire and save him from certain destruction. You know you have the water, but instead of giving him what he needs, you do as what many professing evangelical preachers do these days to be "seeker friendly"... talk trivia to him: "Hey, dude! Man, let me tell you... this kid when I was in the gym the other day... and man he dunked a basketball... WITH TWO HANDS! Wow... I wish I could do that... Hey, man! Great to have you with me today! How are you doing? (without listening to the reply) That's great! Let's sing a song!" Would you not be a complete heretic? Would you not be deeming yourself to be completely useless in helping the man out of his condemning situation at all? You certainly would not be loving him as yourself. You may use the excuse, "Hey, this guy needs me to be on his level, so I need to talk about superficial things THEN I can bring in the gospel." It's almost like saying, I need to burn up in the house with the man in order to show him how to get out. The man is dying NOW. He is needing you to help him NOW. Not tomorrow. Take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil that's here now. (Matthew 6:34) The only excuse you could possibly have is that either you didn't know how to give him what would save him (which I find hard to believe is true if you are directed by the Spirit that leads you to all truth) or ...you have an ulterior, selfish motive. Now let's put this in biblical terms. You have a "church" so of course you have read some of the bible (let's hope). You see sinners, dead men, dead women, people who are dead to loving each other as themselves, and you get up there and talk some trivia to them. Either one of two things: you are ignorant of the truth (and how can you be if you are a Christian who has the holy Spirit which leads you into all truth living inside of you) or ...you have an ulterior motive. What could that motive be? Could it be that you want to glorify God? If that is your motive, you would preach truth to the people at once. Could it be that you love the people as yourself? If you did, you would preach truth to the people. Could it be that you serve God? If you do, you would give the people the living water to put out the fiery passions of their lusts that will damn them to hell. No, the fact is: No man can serve two masters. Do some try? Of course. Do any succeed? No. Did Paul the Apostle serve money? No. Did Jim Bakker? Yes. The reason that you do not give the truth to the people is not because you are not serving your Master, it is because you ARE serving YOUR master. The fact is that any place that would brag about what their church has "done" and not give the glory to God is probably the same that would make sure they had a bunch of well-known football players from the local university seen when services are held so they can muster the praise of men, and possibly increase the "church's" numbers in attendance so, in turn, they can boast about it on thier next blog post. Do you really think that Judas's who would say, give the money to the poor and keep some for themselves do not exist today? Please.

      "Be very weary of any man, it doesn't matter who he is, what is "pretentions" are, his degrees, or his so called abilities may be, be very weary of any man who would seek to affect your mental condition or your mental attitude apart from the person and the work of Jesus Christ."

      - Alan Cairns

      If any man is more interested in you knowing that you "got saved" at "his church" so you can bring friends the next Sunday rather than preaching truth to you so you will believe the truth and bear much fruit, he is not serving God, but rather, his own worldly gain. Do you really think the church at Antioch were sending letters to the church at Corinth saying, "Guys! We got 100 people saved through the methods we obtained from the Pagans up the road this weekend! Beat that!" No, quite the contrary for there is only one faith, one Lord, AND one baptism. (Ephesians 4:5) Since this is true, what are these big services where "500 people get saved" really doing? Serving God or serving money? Taking thought for the numbers to brag about the numbers on the morrow? (Matthew 6:34) Well... yes. Why are there so many preachers afraid to speak the truth in pulpits? The answer is quite simple: They will offend their master. Is God offended by anything Jesus Christ has said? No. Are riches offended?
      ...Discerment by the Holy Spirit that leads you into all truth is vital.

      I read a lot and one of the posts I read tonight was from Phil Johnson's blog called Pyromaniac. He talks about what has been deemed the "emerging church" and how certain things about it are unbibical which from what I've read and experienced, agree. The truth of the matter is plain. Salvation is by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. If a person, church, committee, etc. is wanting to be led away from biblical truth, the reason is because they are serving their master: money. Not many people can pick up this fact and believe it to be true, mainly because of the simple fact that narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few find it. If you were to study every heresy that has every come about, every evil way that is here today, every evil thing that you do on a daily basis, the root of it all is a desire for money or worldly gain or from serving money. It is the root of all evil. (1 Tim. 6:10) If a "pastor" is more concerned with the numbers so he can boast about what his church "has done" rather than one person repenting of their sins and believing in Christ, then he does not share in the same joy that the angels in heaven have when even one sinner repents and believes. (Luke 15:10)

      When are we going to have a genuine revival? When "pastors" stop serving money, and start serving God. When are we going to have genuine converts? When a sinner is convicted of breaking God's law of love rather than missing "church" one Sunday. When are we going to have genuine faith? When we have the confidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, (Heb. 11:1) and not share the same faith as demons. (James 2:19)

      Genuine Christianity is not going to happen until we preach and serve the genuine Christ. It's as simple as that. When a person repents from serving the master of money, and begins serving the Master which is God, something special comes with it: reality.


      A Call to Prayer.

      Sunday, May 6, 2007

      I HAVE LOOKED CAREFULLY over the lives of God's saints in the Bible. I cannot find one whose history much is told us, from Genesis to Revelation, who was not a person of prayer. I find it mentioned as a characteristic of the godly, that "they call on the Father," that "they call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." I find it recorded as a characteristic of the wicked, that "they call not upon the Lord."

      I have read the lives of many eminent Christians who have been on earth since the Bible days. Some of them, I see, were rich, and some poor. Some were learned, and some were unlearned. Some of them were Episcopalians, and some were Christians of other names. Some were Calvinists, and some were Arminians. Some have loved to use liturgy, and some to use none. But one thing, I see, they all had in common. They have all been people of prayer.

      I have studied reports of missionary societies in our own times. I see with joy that lost men and women are receiving the gospel in various parts of the globe. There are conversions in Africa, in New Zealand, in India, in China. The people converted are naturally unlike one another in every respect. But one striking thing I observe at all the missionary stations: the converted people always pray. I do not deny that a person may pray without heart and without sincerity. I do not for a moment pretend to say that the mere fact of a persons' praying proves everything about their soul. As in every other part of religion, so also in this, there may be deception and hypocrisy.

      But this I do say, that not praying is a clear proof that a person is not yet a true Christian. They cannot really feel their sins. They cannot love God. They cannot feel themselves a debtor to Christ. They cannot long after holiness. They cannot desire heaven. They have yet to be born again. They have yet to be made a new creature. They may boast confidently of election, grace, faith, hope and knowledge, and deceive ignorant people. But you may rest assured it is all vain talk if they do not pray.

      Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body. How a person can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a person can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too.

      Never be surprised if you hear ministers of the gospel dwelling much on the importance of prayer. This is the point they want to bring to you. They want to know that you pray. Your views of doctrine may be correct. Your love of Protestantism may be warm and unmistakable. But still this may be nothing more than head knowledge and party spirit. They want to know whether you are actually acquainted with the throne of grace, and whether you can speak to God as well as speak about God.

      - J. C. Ryle


      A Cure for Envy.

      Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cast off. (Proverbs 23:17-18)

      When we see the wicked prosper we are apt to envy them. When we hear the noise of their mirth and our own spirit is heavy, we half think that they have the best of it. This is foolish and sinful. If we knew them better, and specially if we remembered their end, we should pity them.

      The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.

      The deathblow of envy is a calm consideration of the future. The wealth and glory of the ungodly are a vain show. This pompous appearance flashes out for an hour and then is extinguished. What is the prosperous sinner the better for his prosperity when judgment overtakes him? As for the godly man, his end is peace and blessedness, and none can rob him of his joy; wherefore, let him forgo envy and be filled with sweet content.

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


      All of Grace.

      Thursday, May 3, 2007

      HE WHO SPOKE and wrote this message will be greatly disappointed if it does not lead many to the Lord Jesus. It is sent forth in childlike dependence upon the power of God the Holy Ghost, to use it in the conversion of millions, if so He pleases. No doubt many poor men and women will take up this little volume, and the Lord will visit them with grace. To answer this end, the very plainest language has been chosen, and many homely expressions have been used. But if those of wealth and rank should glance at this book, the Holy Ghost can impress them also; since that which can be understood by the unlettered is none the less attractive to the instructed. Oh that some might read it who will become great winners of souls!

      Who knows how many will find their way to peace by what they read here? A more important question to you, dear reader, is this--Will you be one of them?

      A certain man placed a fountain by the wayside, and he hung up a cup near to it by a little chain. He was told some time after that a great art-critic had found much fault with its design. "But," said he, "do many thirsty persons drink at it?" Then they told him that thousands of poor people, men, women, and children, slaked their thirst at this fountain; and he smiled and said, that he was little troubled by the critic's observation, only he hoped that on some sultry summer's day the critic himself might fill the cup, and he refreshed, and praise the name of the Lord.

      Here is my fountain, and here is my cup: find fault if you please; but do drink of the water of life. I only care for this: I had rather bless the soul of the poorest crossing-sweeper, or rag-gatherer, than please a prince of the blood, and fail to convert him to God.

      Reader, do you mean business in reading these pages? If so, we are agreed at the outset; but nothing short of your finding Christ and Heaven is the business aimed at here. Oh that we may seek this together! I do so by dedicating this little book with prayer. Will not you join me by looking up to God, and asking Him to bless you while you read? Providence has put these pages in your way, you have a little spare time in which to read them, and you feel willing to give your attention to them. These are good signs. Who knows but the set time of blessing is come for you? At any rate, "The Holy Ghost saith, Today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts."

      ...ENTIRE BOOK.

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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