Seven Things to Take to Church with You

We are coming up on our Independence Day holiday. Our nation has been rocked to her foundation by what appears to be foolish experiments with our financial bedrocks, mortgages, corporations, insurance, health care, manufacturing, shrinking of our dollar, Supreme Court, employment woes, massive federal debt ($145,000 for every American taxpayer), immigration woes, and next year a fresh round of raising taxes. As bleak as it seems surely to be, there is always hope. This nation was founded on the idea that people could come to this land and enjoy freedom of religion. However, America has drifted too far away from true religion. The erosion of our religious freedoms threatens our nation at its core. That same evil erodes our Constitution and with each chip of that grand old document the foundations of America can be heard to groan and her timbers shaken. Real hope lies in a return to the basic character planks and principles that caused this land to become a great land. A Soviet leader said one time that his nation would bury America without firing a shot. The spirit that ruled that ruthless leader is still alive and seducing our leaders today on both the left and the right. That spirit is not communism or socialism (though both are rooted in some of the mischief we see creeping upon us). That spirit is ungodliness. Each generation is more and more comfortable drifting further from God. If we are to embrace the concept of hope for a better day, I think it might involve the way we view something as basic as our local church. What does church mean to you? Last night this thought stirred me and I listed out some things I hope you won’t mind me sharing with you. I hope you will prayerfully consider declaring a new Independence Day in your heart as we celebrate the birth of our nation. One Nation Under God…

We are coming up on our Independence Day holiday.  Our nation has been rocked to her foundation by what appears to be foolish experiments with our financial bedrocks, mortgages, corporations, insurance, health care, manufacturing, shrinking of our dollar, Supreme Court, employment woes, massive federal debt ($145,000 for every American taxpayer),  immigration woes, and next year a fresh round of raising taxes.  As bleak as it seems surely to be, there is always hope.  This nation was founded on the idea that people could come to this land and enjoy freedom of religion.  However, America has drifted too far away from true religion.  The erosion of our religious freedoms threatens our nation at its core.  That same evil erodes our Constitution and with each chip of that grand old document the foundations of America can be heard to groan and her timbers shaken.  Real hope lies in a return to the basic character planks and principles that caused this land to become a great land.   A Soviet leader said one time that his nation would bury America without firing a shot.  The spirit that ruled that ruthless leader is still alive and seducing our leaders today on both the left and the right.  That spirit is not communism or socialism (though both are rooted in some of the mischief we see creeping upon us).  That spirit is ungodliness.  Each generation is more and more comfortable drifting further from God.  If we are to embrace the concept of hope for a better day, I think it might involve the way we view something as basic as our local church.  What does church mean to you?  Last night this thought stirred me and I listed out some things I hope you won’t mind me sharing with you.   I hope you will prayerfully consider declaring a new Independence Day in your heart as we celebrate the birth of our nation.  One Nation Under God…

Seven Things to Take to Church With You

By the Editor
 
1. Your Bible–Always be armed with God’s written Word. “…be ready…” (I Pet. 3:15)
2. Prayerful attitude. House of prayer (Matt. 21:13) (Eph. 6:18) “Praying always…”
3. Receptive attitude.  “Ears to hear” (Matt. 11:15) Have God’s Word in your heart. Listen carefully to the preacher.        Listen to the Music & song.
4. Giving attitude. “Give…” (Luke 6:38)
5. Friendly attitude. Be friendly at church (Prov. 18:24) Shake hands and greet people warmly with a smile.
6. Attitude of Communion.  Why are you in church? Meditate on what Jesus Christ did on the cross & His resurrection; How? Thoughtfully, prayerfully & privately. (Philippians 4:8) While you are seated in your church have your own private communion service in your heart.  Prepare your heart for worship.
7. Your self.  Make sure you show up! Not just in your body (that should be a given), but in your mind and your spirit.  Be there… 100 percent (First Cor. 4:2).

Avoid Hell at All Cost

Not everyone believes the Bible, or accepts it as a historic Book dictated and preserved by God. I suppose I could broaden my first statement by saying not everyone believes in God. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God or accept His Book as being the Instruction Book of the ages.

How to Avoid the Bible’s Hell

By Ron English

Not everyone believes the Bible, or accepts it as a historic Book dictated and preserved by God.  I suppose I could broaden my first statement by saying not everyone believes in God.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God or accept His Book as being the Instruction Book of the ages.

In my early years I would have argued for the Bible, but I was not reading it.  I believed in God, bur rarely called on Him.  Perhaps I could say I had a distant respect for the two, the Bible and God, but no real relationship with either.

One old preacher said, “Most people live a guilty distance from God.”  I think that was where I was.  I wasn’t opposed to the Bible in theory or discussion, but I lived in opposition to it.

No one ever stopped me on the street and asked if I was going to Heaven, or asked if I had any interest in Heaven.  Like many kids in my town I attended vacation Bible school and occasionally attended one of the local churches.  Still no spiritual lights came on and no personal worker approached me.  It is safe to say that the big questions found in the Scriptures never troubled me in my early years.

My grandmother talked often of Jesus and made me believe He was important to her.  She loved to read her Bible and she often listened to Christian music.  In later years I would remember her as a saint.  Now, looking back, I sense she planted a few spiritual seed in my mind and heart and watered them.   I am not sure she was aware that was what she did, but I am.

I had an uncle who was dedicated to his church known by the townspeople as Red Hill because of the red clay hill it was built on.  I would one day come to know that congregation as being “hard shells” because of the rigid doctrines they believed.  My uncle was surely a “hard shell” believer.  He was a good man, a devout man, but stern in his understanding of the Scriptures.

It was in the light of that church teaching that I think the subject of Heaven and Hell was first contrasted in my mind.  Some in our town who did not attend that church often joked that the “Hard Shell’s” believed some were going to Heaven and some were going to Hell.  The Heaven bound were chosen by God and they had no real say in the matter.  Those going to Hell were destined for the flames and had no recourse.

Because that contrast was so vivid and that concept so strange I started asking questions.  It made no sense to me that one was consigned for Hell without any choice.  Just as it made no sense to me that God would tag certain ones for Heaven and give them no choice.   I realize now that I was not exactly fair with “Red Hill” and their “Hard Shells.”

I soon realized that people held strong beliefs about all kinds of churches.  The one they attended and the others.  We had several brands of churches.  The next town over from us was larger in population and they had even more churches.  Fifty miles away was an even larger city and still more churches, more denominations.  I knew little of any of them.  But that didn’t keep me from forming opinions about the churches and the people who attended them.

One day I decided if I am ever to make sense of church and churches I should look into the Bible.  To my surprise the Bible said very little about local churches that appeared on nearly every block in our cities.

Somewhere along the line I started attending a local church.  It was not the hunger for the Word of God, but for the association of a young lady who was attending church every Sunday.  Between attending church and hearing the pastor speak from the Bible and from my own reading of the Scriptures certain thoughts began to form in my mind.  I started thinking more of Heaven, the place, and Hell, the place.  I looked in the Bible to learn all I could about both.

I soon learned that I wanted, some day, to go to Heaven and I knew for dead sure I didn’t want to go to Hell.  My spiritual journey lasted for a good long time and I accumulated a good bit of doctrine that resides in my heart until this day.

I learned early how one might avoid Hell.  Here are the simple, but I think true, things that everyone who has an interest in this subject might appreciate.

1. If one is to avoid Hell, he must first realize there is a Hell.
2. Hell is a separation from God and goodness.
3. Hell is a place of torment.
4. Hell is permanent: Once in Hell there is no getting out.
5. I discovered that Jesus spoke more about Hell and judgment than He ever spoke about Heaven.  That fact startled me at the first and continues to amaze me.

There are any number of things I could list about Hell and all of them true from the Bible, but I think it good to move on with our theme, “How to avoid the Bible’s Hell.”

I think the single greatest truth I learned from the Scriptures was that God loved me and didn’t want me to go to Hell.  That was different than any thing I learned from my uncle and the “hard shells.”  God loved me!

The second great truth had to do with the action God took to make sure I could escape Hell.   When I learned that I was condemned to Hell as a sinner by virtue of my birth, you can imagine how relieved I was to learn Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins.  God’s Son died for me!

God is so loving and generous.  He didn’t just pay for my sins, but He paid for the sins of the whole world.  The debt—my debt and the debt of the world was placed on Jesus at the cross.  The old Gospel hymn, At the Cross, written by Isaac Watts, and Ralph Hudson says:

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sov’reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
o Refrain:
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

That great song encapsulates the whole idea of the Gospel, the price for sin and the great redemption that Christ provided.  I have come to believe that most of the great doctrines of the Bible that are now so precious to me was first planted in my heart by the repeated singing of hymns like this one.
Avoiding Hell requires one to accept the amazing gift that God provided through Jesus and His death on the cross.  Not just His death, but His resurrection, too.  During that time I discovered J. Wilbur Chapman’s hymn, One Day! that instilled more truth in my heart concerning the work Jesus did.

Living, he loved me; dying, he saved me;
Buried, he carried my sins far away;
Rising, he justified freely, for ever:
One day he’s coming—O, glorious day!

Looking back on my love for the old hymns I find them instrumental in helping me find God’s path to avoiding Hell.  God loves me and has made a way for me to escape Hell and one day, thankfully, live with Him in Heaven.  I realized not everyone is comfortable with this concept, but for me it brings great joy and peace and happiness.

Do you ever have reason to be concerned about Heaven and Hell?  Do you know for sure, if you should die tonight, that you would go to Heaven?  That is a profound question and thought.  Your eternity rests on it.   Notice I did not ask anything about your church affiliation.  I didn’t ask if you had been baptized.  I didn’t ask if you are a good person.  I didn’t even ask if you believe the Bible, or believe in Jesus.

Without a doubt one should believe the Bible.  When you believe the Bible it is understood you will also believe in Jesus.  The Book as a whole is about Him.   “Search the Scriptures; for in them (the Scriptures) ye think ye have eternal life: and they (the Scriptures) are they which testify of me.”  — John 5:39

I hope you will give these matters your undivided attention and come to some determination quickly.   Do you have Eternal Life?  First John 1: 1-5 is rich with wonderful truth about Jesus, the Christ.  John testifies that he and the other disciples saw Jesus with their own eyes; we looked upon Him.  Our hands have touched Him–the Word of life.  He went deeper by saying we have seen that Life and now we bear witness and show everyone that Eternal Life,  that life which was with the Father and that life was manifested unto us.  John said what we have seen and heard we declare unto you.  Why?  So all of us can have fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.  Read for yourself the Scriptures where I paraphrased the above remarks.  1John 1:1-5  (I hope you will read all of that chapter).

In the last chapter of First John, Chapter 5, He reports, And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”  (verses 11,12)

Do you have Eternal Life?  Eternal Life is Jesus Christ!  For you to have it–you must be in Jesus Christ.  No exceptions.  No “ifs, ands and buts.”  YOU MUST BE IN CHRIST TO POSSESS ETERNAL LIFE.

How can you become a person who is in Christ?  By believing on Him, the Son of God.  (Verse 10) That word believing means trusting.  You know how to get into a boat.  You know how to get into your car.  You must trust Jesus Christ and be in Him.  You must believe and accept the work He did on the cross.  You must believe that He died for your sins and that He was buried and three days later resurrected from the dead.  He is alive!  Trust Him.  Believe on Him.  Follow Him.

On this blog you will find a number of Bible messages that give great detail on how to be saved and to know you will go to Heaven when you die.  Don’t be lazy–do some research.  Read the sermons.  Read the one by Dr. John R. Rice, “What Must I Do to Be Saved?”  There are some audio messages on this blog.  You can listen to a message.

God has left you a long message in the Bible.  It is the highest form of foolishness to neglect it.   If a rich uncle died and left a Last Will and Testament I believe you would be greatly interested in what he left and to whom he left it.  A greater death took place than a rich uncle–it was the death of God’s Son, Jesus.  He has left you His Last Will and Testament.  Greater riches than silver and gold are left for those who receive Him.  Read it!  Study it!  Love it!  Tell others about it!  By all means–tell your family.  Don’t be left behind.

I would love to hear from you.  Write me Editor@salvationlinks.com and I will be happy to assist you with additional helps.  If you trust the Lord as a result of reading this message please write me and let me rejoice with you.  God bless you.

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

2(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

3That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full

Editor’s Note: The theme for this message was first published in Ezine Articles under the title, “How to Avoid the Bible Hell.”  You can find it by going to www.ezinearticles.com and searching for that title under the author’s name, Ronald English.

Dr. Chapman

“No Difference!”

by Evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918)

“For there is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the      glory    of God.”– Romans 3:23

This is one of the most difficult statements to receive in all the Bible, and I     can well understand how the unregenerate man would resent its application. I can hear him say, “What! no difference between the man who has fallen to the very lowest depths of sin and wretchedness, and the man who, boasting of his morality, has swerved only a little from the path of duty and the law of God?” And the answer to this question is both “yes” and “no.”

There is a difference and degradation wide as the poles; but “no difference” so far as guilt is concerned, for both have rejected the Son of God, and this is the sin of sins.

If two men were before the court, one charged with a great offence and the other with one of less degree, it would profit the latter man but little to say, “But, your Honor, I am not so great an offender as my companion in misery.” The judge might well reply, “You are both guilty; in that ‘there is no difference,’” and this is the teaching of my text.

God’s Word declares, “He that offends in one point is guilty of all”; not meaning, of course, that he has of necessity broken every law, but he has broken away from God for his transgression. If I am held prisoner by a chain, it is not necessary that I should break every link in the chain that I might go free, but only one and that the very weakest; and so be that offends in one point is guilty of all and nothing less, while he that offends in all points is guilty of all and nothing more. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Three important questions grow out of this text as I have considered it. First, I do not ask if you are a sinner, for as we ordinarily use this word, we of one who is lawless, wild and profane. But I ask,

I. Have You Offended in

One Single Point?

If so, “There is no difference.” Man would not say it, I know; but God says it and it is written the Book, and by the Book we shall be judged.

Look at the prodigal. He was as truly a prodigal when he had taken the first step over the threshold of his father’s house, as when afterward you see him sitting in the midst of the swine, and trying to fill his belly with husks which the swine did eat.

He is more degraded in the second picture, but not more guilty.

Look at the leper. He is just as truly dead when the first sign of the dread disease appears, small though it may be, as when afterward you behold him, a loathsome object, sitting outside the city gates, with bandaged mouth, crying “Unclean! Unclean!” He was a leper, however from the first, and by the law dead. This is the teaching of the text. If you have rejected the Son of God, whatever your position, “There is no difference” – all are alike lost.

It is not even a question of great sin. Many a man might plead “not guilty” if such a charge were made; but first of all,

I. Secret Sins

There is a text which declares “our secret sins in the light of His countenance,” and another reads that “All things are naked and open before Him with whom we have to do.” In the light of this, who can stand?

Not long ago in one of the school buildings of Chicago a picture of an eye was placed on the blackboard as an illustration, and in a little time by order of the school board it was painted out, for it had been so perfectly painted that whatever position a child might be in the room that eyes was upon it. The effect was disastrous.

But there is one eye which never slumbers and can never be painted out. “Thou God seest me.” The sin was at midnight. He saw it. It was in New York or London or Paris. He saw it. Thus to the charge of “secret sin” you must plead guilty, and “there is no difference.”

II. Sinful Thoughts

But the charge is even closer. We are responsible for the sinful thought which tarries in the mind by the consent of our will. Who can stand in the light of this?

A distinguished scientist has made the statement, which wise men receive, that if a man stands out in the sunlight and acts, his act, good or bad, flashes away to the sun and a picture which is never lost is made. And if he speaks, the sound bounds away, up and up, far beyond his reach, and makes its record forever. And if he refuses to step into the light, or in the darkness speak a word, this scientist declares that by the very thoughts of his mind certain physical disturbances occur which make a record lasting as time.

I remember sending a telegram in a western city, and shortly after realizing that my message had been wrong, I made my way to the office to recall it.

“Why,” said the operator, with a smile, “it is gone, and is flashing over the wires now, beyond my recall.” So with your sinful thoughts. They bound away, and no man can recall them when once they go.

The answer to this charge must be – “guilty.”

III. Beginning In Sin

Some are beginning NOW. Held by the fascination of the evil one, and lured on by his charms, they are rushing on to Hell. On one of the busiest streets of the gay city of Paris stands a building famous for its beauty. Over the magnificent doorway you may read these words, “Nothing to pay.” The admission is free, the entertainment within is fascinating, and hundreds of young men pass through the portals, the rank and file of them taking their first or last step to Hell.

All sin is dearly bought, for it has Hell back of it. It blights the life, wrecks the character, and blasts the fondest hopes of the soul. And when that awful day comes, and situation is gone, and character lost, and the hearts of loved ones broken, and you are cast a stranded wreck on the shores of time, you will cry out in terror, “O, wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me” – and there will be no deliverance. You will be more degraded then but not more guilty than now, for the chiefest of sins is the sin of unbelief, and that was the cause of your downfall. “There is no difference.” God pity you.

Do you know the Bible description of the end of a career of sin from the world-standpoint? “Weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.” “Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore-mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” God save us from such a company. A minister could never lead a man to serious thought until he quoted the text: “The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

Great sin humanly speaking is not necessary, but only forget Him and “There is no difference.”

If you have read that remarkable book, “Robert Falconer,” written by George MacDonald, you will remember the dream of the wife of Andrew Falconer. He was a drunkard and after her death, her dream being told him, resulted in his conversion. She said in her letter, which she had written him:

“I thought, Andrew, that the resurrection morn had come, and I was looking everywhere for you. Finally in my wanderings, I came to a great abyss. It was not so very wide, but it was very deep and was filled with blue, like the blue of the sky. On the other side I saw you, Andrew, and I gave a shriek which all the Universe must have heard. Something made me look around. Then I saw One coming toward me. He had a face – O, such a face! fairer than all the sons of men; He had on a garment which came down to His feet; and as He walked toward me, I saw in His feet the print of the nails. Then I knew who He was. I fell at His feet and cried, ‘ O Lord, Andrew, Andrew.’ ‘ Daughter, would you go to him ?’ I said, ‘ Yes, Lord.’ And, Andrew, He took me by the hand, and led out over the abyss, and we came nearer and nearer, until at last we were united, and then He led us back to be with Him forever.”

O, my friends, not in the next world if not in this, but here and now we may be made one in Him, one for time and eternity; but failing here, all hope is gone and there is before us only the blackness of darkness of despair. “For there is no difference.”

The next question is of the greatest importance:

IV. Do You Come Up to

God’s Standard?

It is not enough to be simply a member of the church. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils ? and I will profess unto them, I never knew you” (Matthew 7:22, 23).

We have such a way of measuring ourselves by ourselves that we may feel well satisfied with the result. But how about God’s standard ?

Upon my return home at one time, my wife placed in my hands a piece of paper, written all over, but only two words were intel1igible. At the top of the page was the word ‘carriage’ plainly written; the next word was the same, only not so well written.

It was my little daughter’s first copy-book. The teacher had written the word at the top of the line, and she had done fairly well so long as she had looked at the copy. But she had fallen into the serious error of copying the line just above her work, and the word at the bottom of the page as nearly spelled “man” as “carriage.” Thus people measure themselves by those around them, forgetting that He said, “Look unto me and be ye saved” (Isaiah 45:22).

You may be better than the members of the church; but what doth it profit? You may be the best man in your community, but that does not save.

How about God’s standard?

Her Majesty, the Queen, I am told, frequently issues an order for soldiers to compose her guard. Every man must be at least six feet tall. I can imagine some young Englishmen measuring themselves by themselves, until at last one man in great delight exclaims, “I will surely get in for I am the tallest man in town.” And so he is; but when he stands before her Majesty’s officer, he is rejected, for he is three-quarters of an inch under the mark.

His being taller than his friends profited nothing; they had all fallen short; some more, some less. But “there was no difference.”

And if you turn my question in upon myself, I confess that I do fully come up to the high standard of God; not in myself in any way, far from it – but in Christ; for “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth,” and wherein I fail, He makes up.

It is no point as to whether Adam or Eve were the more sinful; they were both guilty, and “there is no difference.”

The chiefest of all sins is not drunkenness, although that is horrible; it is not licentiousness, although that is vile; it is the rejection of God’s mercy – or the sin of unbelief. “He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). And whosoever he be among you – sinner, either great or small, if he fail here, he stands with the condemned, and “there is no difference.”

The last important question is this,

V. What Is the Remedy?

There is another “no difference” which answers the question. “For there is no difference … for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him, for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:12, 13).

1. It is useless to try by any amount of exertion, or feeling, or even prayer, to bring about faith. I have had my own experience in this. God says in His Word, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

This is a sure way. A college student was greatly troubled spiritually, and was in conference with one of the professors until midnight. Just as he was leaving the house, going out into the darkness, the professor placed in his hands a lantern saying, “Take it, George, it will light you home a step at a time.” And this is what the Bible does.

That lantern did not light up the forests, nor make luminous the landscape; it was not meant that it should; but it made every step bright.

Man was lost by hearing Satan. He can only be saved by hearing God. Plant your feet firmly by faith on one single promise, and God will begin at once to make clear the way if you will only believe Him.

2. To the Philippian jailor’s question, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul’s answer was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” And there is no respecting of persons, for “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

A friend of mine told me that when he climbed the Matterhorn he was besieged by men, waiting at the base of the mountain, ready to guide him up the difficult way; but the most of them would have never brought him down in safety, for they were simply men out of employment. He very easily, however, secured a safe guide when he said, “Show me your papers.” Then the men who were without them stepped back, while the real guides stepped forward and holding out their papers he read something like this:

“We, the undersigned, have climbed the Matterhorn under the care of such a guide (giving his name), and we commend him to our friends” – and then followed the names of people of great renown at home and abroad, a member of Parliament, a member of Congress, and your personal friend; and my friend at once felt secure because others had made the trip in safety.

It is like that when under condemnation you ask, “What must I do?”

Infidelity attempts an answer; Philosophy makes a vain effort to reply; and Jesus Christ the Son of God comes with the rest. Let me suggest to you the real test. Ask them each, “What have you done?” Demand of each that their papers be shown. Then will He come whose garments are dyed red, whose hands were pierced, and whose heart was broken, who died and rose again that He might become the justifier of all them that believe; and on the very palms of His hands you read the names, John Bunyan, John Newton, Jerry McCauley, and brighter than them all – Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“He hath saved us, and kept us, and in His presence we rejoice with a joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

And this is enough. I for one will say, “Blessed Lord, if You can save others, and I know that You can, You can save me; and I will let You do it now.” Will you join me in this now?

3. To sum it all up, if you would escape condemnation you need simply to

V. Have A Willing Mind

About Salvation

Then by faith accept what He in grace offers you. I have heard Christian workers say to earnest inquirers, “Give your heart to God, and you maybe saved.” But this is unscriptural – at least the order is wrong. Accept first the gift of eternal life, then give yourself, out of gratitude for His goodness.

The first saves you; the second is the first-fruit of your salvation.

When William Dawson, the celebrated street preacher, was conducting a street meeting in London, he was told of a young man in a neighboring house that was dying. He climbed the rickety stairway and stood by the bedside of a young man, a victim of consumption, and just nearing eternity. He found that he was the son of wealthy parents, but that his father had cast him off because of his sin.

When William Dawson said he would intercede with the father in behalf of the son, the boy said it would be useless, for the father had long ago cast him off. And it almost seemed that he was right, for when Mr. Dawson entered the spacious mansion, and mentioned the boy’s name, the father said, “If you have come, sir, to talk of that scapegrace, I shall ask you to leave. He is no son of mine.”

“Well, sir,” said the preacher, “he will not be here long to trouble you, for I left him dying.”

In a moment the man’s whole attitude had changed. “Is he sick? ” he asked. “Is Joseph ill? Then take me to him.”

And soon he was on his knees by the side of the dying boy, his arms about him, and his head pillowed on his breast. All the boy could say was, “Father can you forgive me?” and the strong man could only sob, “O Joseph, my son, my son; I would have forgiven you months ago if you would only have received it.”

My friends, I bring you good news indeed, glad tidings of great joy. “God hath for Christ’s sake forgiven you,” and if you would be saved, you need only to accept His gracious gift. The first “no difference” is discouraging, but the second one is sweeter than honey in the honey comb.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

You have read this wonderful message that tells you how to be saved and why you should be saved.  Dr. Chapman was a famous evangelist and then a famous pastor.  Dr. Robert L. Sumner published this message in his publication, The Biblical Evangelist(May-June 2010). Dr. Sumner says of the sermon, “It deals with what has long been a troublesome text to some, especially “good people” hearing for the first time of their desperate need of redemption.”  Dr. Chapman’s pastorates included one of  the largest churches in the country at the time, Bethany Presbyterian in Philadelphia, with members like John Wannamaker, the department store magnate and Postmaster General in the administration of Benjamin Harrison.  We hope you will remember Dr. Chapman for giving Billy Sunday his start in evangelism.  What a gift that was!

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Bible Prophecies Predicting the Coming of Christ

The Old Testament is filled with references to the coming Messiah. Dr. MacArthur has selected several of the key prophecies to present his message. This is a thrilling account of what is yet to happen on this earth. All of the prophecies pointing to the first coming of Christ happened as predicted. These will, too
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Read what Peter Stoner, in his book, Science Speaks says about these Bible prophecies.

Prophecies of the Coming Messiah

by Dr. Jack MacArthur

The Old Testament is divided into three great periods: the Mosaic, the Davidic, and the Messianic. The Mosaic Period gives us the great germ of all that later unfolds in the perfect and fragrant bloom of Christ, the “Rose of Sharon,” the “Lily of the Valley.” Its prophecies branch out into particulars which tell us that not only Abraham’s seed, but all the families of the earth are to be blessed in this Coming One. He is to be a prophet like unto Moses, yet clothed with higher authority and gifted with higher wisdom. He is to be a lawgiver, a leader, a ruler, and a redeemer.

In the Davidic Period, the same One is to be a king of war as David, yet a prince of peace as Solomon. His kingdom, however, is to be without succession and without end, which could be true only of a royal order higher than human. In the Messianic Psalms, various aspects of the dignity and divinity of this coming King are set forth.
The Messianic Period is represented by the book of Isaiah, the richest mine of Messianic prophecy in the entire Old Testament. The 40th through 60th chapter is one continuous Messianic poem, in which Christ is depicted in His three offices as Prophet, Priest and King. The prophecies of Isaiah set forth for all ages the character and career of this Servant of God.

Isaiah 9:6, written in 700 B.C., prophesies that a God-child would be born: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful [literally, “Miracle”], Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The Gospel of John relates the fulfillment: “In the beginning was the Word [Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us …” (John 1:1, 14)

Isaiah 7:14 gives the amazing prophecy that this God-child would be born of a virgin: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” In Matthew 1:18-25 we read that Christ was indeed born of a virgin, named Mary, and that the Holy Spirit (God Himself) was His Father. If it is argued that this prediction of the virgin birth of our Lord was addressed only to the faithless Ahaz, Isaiah 7:13 makes it clear that this prediction was addressed to the whole “house of David.” It was a continuing prophecy addressed to the Davidic family.
Micah 5:2 predicts that the God-man would be born in Bethlehem: “But thou, Bethlehem…out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Matthew 2 tells of the visit of the Magi (Zoroastrian astrologers who were evidently acquainted with Old Testament prophecy) to Jerusalem, inquiring, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” The answer was prompt and decisive: “In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus is it written by [through] the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people, Israel” (Matthew 2:5,6). Here is a definite prediction, definitely understood and just as definitely fulfilled. That it was made in the year 700 B.C. precludes human sagacity. What led Micah to select this one little village among the thousands of Judah? Who could accurately foretell what would take place in any obscure town 700 years after his time? There is only one answer: Micah was divinely inspired by the Spirit of God.

The phrase in Micah’s prophecy, “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting,” cites the pre-existence of Christ. In John 8:42 Jesus declared that He lived before coming to earth as a man. In John 17:5 He prayed, “…O Father, glorify thou me with…the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
Jesus’ forerunner was also foretold in Scripture, Malachi 3:1: “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 40:3: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” In Matthew 3:1,2 we read, “John the Baptist [came preaching] in the wilderness of Judea, And saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
In 500 B.C. the Prophet Zechariah predicted that Christ would enter Jerusalem as a King riding on an ass: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, behold thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation, lowly, and riding upon an ass…upon a colt, the foal of an ass” (Zechariah 9:9). Matthew 21 tells us that this was exactly how Jesus entered Jerusalem.

Zechariah further predicted that Christ would be sold by His enemies for thirty pieces of silver: “And I said unto them, if ye think good, give me my price, and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver” (Zechariah 11:12). Matthew 26:14, 15 tells us, “Then…Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they bargained with him for thirty pieces of silver.”
At approximately this same date, 500 B.C., Zechariah prophesied that the smiting of the Shepherd (Christ) would cause the sheep to scatter: “… smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered …” (Zechariah 13:7). After Jesus was seized by His enemies, Matthew tells us, “Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled” (Matthew 26:56).
Psalm 35:11 predicts, concerning Messiah, “False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.” Matthew records the fulfillment: “Now the chief priests, and elders…sought false [witnesses] against Jesus to put him to death” (Matthew 26:59.

About 700 B.C. Isaiah wrote prophetically of the humiliation of the Messiah: “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. I hid not my face from shame and spitting” (Isaiah 50:6). Matthew writes, “Then they spat in his face, and buffeted him, and others smote him with the palms of their hands…” (Matthew 26:67)
Isaiah 53:7 poignantly pictures the Messiah standing silent before His accusers. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” Matthew 27:12 confirms the fulfillment. “And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.”
Josh McDowell, in his book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, tells us that 29 prophecies from the Old Testament, which speak of the betrayal, trial, death, and burial of our Lord, spoken at various times by many different voices during the five centuries from 100 to 500 B.C., were literally fulfilled in Jesus Christ in one 24-hour period of time.
In connection with Christ’s passion, the inspired Prophet Isaiah wrote, “… he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5,6). Matthew confirmed the fulfillment of this prediction when he quoted the words of our Lord—“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Peter further confirmed it when he said, “Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree…” (I Peter 2:24).

Again, Isaiah predicted of Christ, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem his stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4). Matthew beautifully tells of Christ’s fulfillment of the first part of this prophecy during His healing ministry on earth; “…he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick, That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah, the prophet, saying, He himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16, 17). Physical disease in itself is not necessarily the result of personal sin; it is one of the tragic results of man’s original sin and his fall (Rom. 5:12). Thus, Isaiah 53:5,6 prophesies that our Lord would bear our sins on the cross. His death was substitutionary and atoning.

One thousand years before Christ, the Psalmist predicted that our Lord would fall beneath the weight of His cross. His knees would become weak; His flesh would fail. Psalm 109:24, 25: “My knees are weak thr9ough fasting, and my flesh faileth of fatness. I became also a reproach unto them; when they looked upon me, they shook their heads.” John tells us, “And he, bearing his cross, went forth…” (John 19:17). Matthew gives us further word that His strength gave out. “And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear his cross” (Matthew 27:32).

Psalm. 22:15 is an amazing prophecy concerning the Messiah: “they pierced my hands and my feet.” A prophecy yet to be fulfilled says, concerning Israel and its Messiah, “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10). When these prophecies were written, no one was executed in any manner which involved “piercing of hands and feet.” The Encyclopedia Americana records that crucifixion as a mode of punishment for crime was a part of the Roman system of jurisprudence. The Hebrews inflicted the death penalty by stoning. But when Palestine became a Roman territory, the Hebrews were compelled to adopt the Roman method of crucifixion, No life could be taken supposedly without Roman permission, and all executions were supposed to be carried out by the Roman government. Evidently this was not rigidly enforced, because Stephen was stoned, and there were no recriminations following his death. So Luke 232:33 tells us, “And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, [or the skull], there they crucified him…”

A fascinating prophecy in Isaiah 53 reads, “… because he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors …” It is affirmed in Mark 15:28: “And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.” Matthew 27:38 relates how this prophecy was fulfilled: “Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one of the right hand, and another on the left.” It is amazing that Isaiah should predict that the child who was in reality the Mighty God, would as a man die the death of a criminal among criminals! The only possible explanation is that his message was inspired of God, for no man would have been so presumptuous.
In Psalm. 22:8 the Psalmist predicted that the Messiah would be mocked because of His trust in God, who would be challenged to deliver Him. Matthew records this exact picture in perfect fulfillment. “Likewise also the chief priests, mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others, himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him, for he said, I am the Son of God” (Matthew 27:41-43)

In the same Psalm, the Messiah declares, “…they look and stare upon me” (Vs. 17). Matthew 27:36 reports this actually happening: “And sitting down they watched him there” as He was writhing in agony of the world’s sin.
Speaking for the Messiah, the Psalmist then prophesies that men would “… part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (Psalm 22:18). John 19:23,24 answers; “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part, and also his coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said, therefore, among themselves, Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be…” How could the Psalmist have known this would happen a thousand years before Jesus Christ was born? There is only one answer: his words were inspired by God.

At approximately the same date, the Psalmist boldly declared that men would give the Messiah gall and vinegar to drink, while in His death agony (Psalm 69:21). The Apostle John tells us, “After this Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar; and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth” (John 19:28, 29). This was usually given because of its supposed anesthetic effect. Given to criminals, it was an act of kindness; given to the righteous Savior, it was an insult, after what they had done to Him.
Psalm 22:1 records the awesome cry: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 records the fulfillment: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a lour voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” During this moment the God-man was feeling the forsakenness that men experience who die in the rejection of God’s love and grace. But the Psalm makes it clear that He was not forsaken of God, for we read in verse 24:”…he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, neither hath he hidden his face from him; but when he cried unto him, heard.” Undoubtedly, this cry must have recalled to the minds of some of the Jews within hearing the cry of Psalm 22, and perhaps it occurred to them that this prophecy was being fulfilled in their presence as Jesus was crucified!

Psalm 31:5 predicted that the Messiah would cry out, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit …” Luke 23:46 records that at the end of His long agony Jesus uttered these very words as a direct fulfillment of the prophecy.
One of the most amazing Messianic prophesies, found in Psalm 34:20, was that none of His bones would be broken. It was the custom following crucifixion that if by sundown those who were hanging on crosses were still alive, their legs were broken to hasten death. But, as the Apostle John informs us, “…when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they broke not his legs …” (John 19:33).

Psalm. 38:11 predicted that the Messiah’s friends and kinsmen would stand aloof from His “sore” (His suffering). The fulfillment is described in Luke 23:49): “And all his acquaintances, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
Psalm 22:14 tells us that the Messiah’s heart would be broken: “… my heart is like wax; it is melted within me.” John 19:34 records: “But one of the soldiers, with a spear, pierced His side, and immediately came there out blood and water.” Physicians explain that this is a sign that Christ’s heart had indeed ruptured within Him. Jesus literally died with a broken heart.
Amos 8:9 foretells the sun’s setting at noon and the earth’s becoming dark on a clear day, which occurred when Jesus was crucified. Matthew 27:45: “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” The Jews reckoned twelve hours from sunrise to sunset, which would make the sixth hour near noon, and the ninth hour about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. How could Amos have known this eight centuries before it happened? There is only one answer: he knew it because God knew it, and he wrote what God moved him to write.
Seven hundred years before it was fulfilled from the cross, the Prophet Isaiah wrote how the dying Messiah would make intercession for His murderers (Isaiah 53:12). Luke 34:34 records Jesus’ prayer: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

Again, Isaiah prophesied, “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death …” (Isaiah 53:9). Matthew details the fulfillment: “The thieves also, who were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth” (Matthew 27:44). Then, in verses 57-60, he relates that Christ made His grave with the rich: “…there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who … begged the body of Jesus.” “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb …”
Christ’s resurrection is seen in the amazing prophecy of Psalm 16:10. “For thou wilt not leave my soul in sheol, neither wilt thou permit thine Holy One to see corruption.” The Apostle Peter quoted these words in Acts 2:29-31: “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch, David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his [David’s] loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne. He, seeing this before, spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hades, neither his flesh did see corruption.” Indeed, Christ’s body saw no corruption, for on the third day He rose literally, physically, and bodily from the dead!
As Peter declared, we have “a more sure word of prophecy” unto which we should all take heed. No one can begin to explain the hundreds of amazingly accurate Messianic prophecies fulfilled to the letter in Jesus Christ without admitting the divine authorship of the Word of God.

Peter Stoner, in his book, Science Speaks, tells us that using the modern science of mathematical probability, in reference to only eight prophecies concerning the Messiah, the probability that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophesies, is 1 in 1017. That would be 1 chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000.
To help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that we take 1017 silver dollars and spread them out on the face of Texas. They would cover the entire state two feet deep. Now put a mark on just one of those silver dollars, then mix the whole mass up thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and instruct him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up that one silver dollar and say that it is the right one.
What chance would he have of finding the right one? The same chance that the Old Testament prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having the come true in any one man, providing they wrote in their own wisdom.

These prophecies, then, were either given by inspiration of God, or the prophets just wrote them from their own imagination. In such case they had just 1 chance in 1017
of having them come true in any one man. But they all were realized in Jesus Christ!
And not only eight prophecies, but hundreds more!

Taken from The Biblical Evangelist edited by Dr. Robert L. Sumner

The Resurrection of the Human Body

This Article May Surprise You

By William Elbert Munsey, 1833-1877

EDITOR’S NOTE: Special thanks for my former association with Dr. John R. Rice and the paper he founded, The Sword of the Lord, for introducing me to the messages of Dr. William Elbert Munsey.  Munsey was a popular Methodist minister, born on July 13, 1833 and died October 3, 1877 (44 years).  He was converted to Christ at age 17 during a Methodist camp meeting.  He taught school and served a number of small churches before his well-prepared and powerful sermons were discovered by greater numbers.  His church services were packed and people crowded his meetings two hours before he would speak.   Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. asked Dr. Rice to publish a book of sermons by Dr. Munsey.  That book, Eternal Retribution!, was first published in 1951.  In his remarks, Dr. Jones reported that the sermons in this book were taken from a two-volume set (I believe the only books credited to Dr. Munsey) of remarkable sermons.  I searched the Internet for the books and found a used book store offering them in their original covers.  I purchased them;  amazingly at a very low cost.  It appears that everything Dr. Jones and Dr. Rice knew about Mr. Munsey was taken from these two volumes.  I am happy to own them and pleased to present this stirring message, The Resurrection of the Human Body.  An excellent message for Easter, or for any occasion. 

“How are the dead raised up? and with what  body do they come?”

I Cor. 5:35

 William Elbert Munsey William Elbert Munsey

WE are all standing upon the threshold of an awful future, replete with facts and instinct with entities, about which we know but little. Let but the heart cease its beating, or one vital function of this body cease its office, and we are gone-gone! to grapple with the stern truths of ages, at once interminable, inconceivable, unknown.

 ” To be or not to be,” after death, is answered, and nearly all men, though with different degrees of faith, are looking confidently to an existence beyond the grave.

The idea of immortality has descended down the stream of human generations from the first pair in Paradise, running down every branch from the central tide, disappearing in one, corrupted in another, and becoming more lucid and sat­isfactory in another, to the present age. It is seen in the language, literature, and manners of every age; in the his­tory, philosophy, and poetry of every people. It is seen in the retributive horrors of Tartarus, the rich fields and streams of Elysium, the Hesperian seas and islets of the Red man, the heaven and hell of the Christians.

 But the heathen apply the idea of immortality to the soul only. The ancient heathen complained that the sun went down at night, and arose in the morning, but their friends went down in the gloomy darkness of death, and rose no more. They saw upon the face of every mysterious Provi­dence which swept the earth, in bold and living colors the pencillings of immortality: they felt the truth attested within by an instinctive shrinking back from annihilation, yet the tomb was invested with an eternal darkness, and the body surrendered to a perpetual sleep. With them the night of death was starless: there was no anticipated morning whose auroral splendors would break in upon the darkness of the grave, and hang the rainbow of hope over the dust of the dead.

 The idea of the resurrection of the body does not appear to have occurred to them. To what source is the world then indebted for its existence? Not to reason, for the mind has not the requisite data; not to nature, for it is super-nature; not to science, for it is beyond the province of science; but to the Bible. It is the great fact recognized in the text, and is purely a subject of revelation. Let semi-infidel divines seek for the evidences of the resurrection elsewhere; it is only found in the Bible. I Would not exclude those rich illustrations corroborating Bible fact, which pour from every department in philosophic and material existence-no; but I appeal to the Bible, proven as it is to be the Word of God, as the highest evidence of the resurrection of the dead.

Hear with what authority it speaks: “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise” (Isa. 26:19). “Dead men”! “Dead bodies”! “They shall arise!”-“He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by His spirit that dwelleth in you”(Rom. 8:11).  “Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth, shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2) “Asleep”! “Awake”!  “The hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and come forth” (John 5:28, 29). / Such announcements, my hearers, have kindled a smile upon the brow of bereave­ment, and a star in the graves of the departed.

 This doctrine being peculiar to Christianity and having nothing analogous in nature, has been a favorite object of attack by every school of Infidels since its announcement. It is condemned as false, because it involves a mystery. This argument is of no force unless it is true universally, unless every other thing which involves a mystery is false too. If it is true universally, if every thing which involves a mystery is false, then there is nothing true in the universe. The argument proves too much, therefore is worth nothing.

 The objector confounds two things very essentially differ­ent; mystery as to fact, and mystery as to a mode. A fact may be plain, while the manner of its production may be mysterious. The doctrine of the resurrection is a doctrine of fact, and as such is clear, but its mode is mysterious. The objector confounds mystery with absurdity. An absurd­ity is something contradictory in its very nature to human reason and common sense, such as supposing an effect greater than its cause; a mystery is something beyond human comprehension on the account of its magnitude, or the rela­tion it sustains to Infinite Power. The resurrection of the human body is not an absurdity, for it is not contrary to human reason; but a mystery, for it involves the agency of infinite power to accomplish it. A doctrine whose founda­tion stone is Omnipotence, could not from its nature be sub­jected to the feeble rules and restrictions of reason.

 To deny the truth of the resurrection because its mode is a mystery to us, is to say that a finite mind is equal in discovering and investigating power to all difficulties in­volved in the existence and nature of any truth, however in­timate its relations to the great infinite, either in being or principle.

 Another objector says, the resurrection contradicts the great principles of science. No science is perfect: it has been the business of one age to modify and improve the science. of the past age; a future age will but expose the learned follies of this. Science is scarcely out of its swad­dling-clothes. Is it entitled to more credence than the Bible? Must this old Book, hoary with the age of centuries, written by the finger of inspiration, born at Sinai, completed amid the splendors of the Apocalypse, whose footprints are seen in the crumbled dust of earth’s wrecked and mined greatness, whose teachings are Godlike, whose precepts are thunder-given, whose promises are the hope of the world, fly the stage before the gorgeous diction and sacrilegious pre­tensions of an ungodly and pseudo-philosophy?

 But I could never see any point or relevancy in the objec­tion. In what department of true science are those princi­ples found and taught, conflicting with the doctrine of the resurrection? I appeal to all the tomes in the wide range of scientific lore for an answer-they are nowhere. All science is founded upon the discoveries of sense; and if it teaches such principles, it has exceeded its province, there­fore it is no argument. Revelation is the only oracle of our faith, and the proper tribunal before which to refer our theological questions. It is under its potent influence alone that life and immortality become divine realities. To go to science to settle matters of faith, is like going to a diction­ary to learn history, or to geology to learn mathematics.

 Again, the objector says, it is contrary to our experience. But the great error in the objection is, that the objector as­sumes that his individual experience is the universal expe­rience of the race. The exact and entire experience of an individual now is unlike in many respects the experience of his contemporaries; how much more is it unlike the experi­ences of men in different ages of the world, and in different stages of its development. It does not follow because the tawny son of the tropics has never seen the earth whitened with snow, that the Laplander has not seen. it; neither does it follow because we never saw a man raised from the dead, that the Apostles did not see it.

 Again, it is urged that the resurrection is contrary to the immutability of the laws of nature. This argument is of no force, for the resurrection is not to be brought about by the regular action of the laws of cause and effect, but by a super­natural power.  “Do ye not therefore err,” said Christ to the Sadducees, “because ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God?”  “Why should it be thought incredible with you,” says Paul, “that God should raise the dead?”  It is a provision of Redemption, hence above nature and na­ture’s laws, yet not contradictory to them, to either nature or its laws. It is a provision of a supernatural plan coming down upon nature, and entering in unity with it; into the unity of God’s grand system, embracing the material, immaterial, and moral.

 Another objection is, the resurrection of the dead is because this body continually changes its sub­stances, so that the bodies we now have are not the same we had a few years ago, nor will be the same a few years hence -that the bodies in which we have sinned or acted right­eously may not be in many instances the same bodies as those which will be actually rewarded and punished. This argument contradicts the infidel’s own theory of the seat of personal identity, transferring the ego from the soul, the only true subject of reward and punishment, to the body, which is rewarded and punished simply as the instrument.

 Such an argument would liberate in a few years every crim­inal in the world. Why retain a man in prison longer than the time afforded by this supposition for a perfect and entire change of the substance of his body? Know you not at the expiration of the hypothetical number of seven years that he is immaculate unless he sinned during his imprisonment? that there is not a particle of that guilty body which was incarcerated?  Open your state prisons and penitentiaries, and let their hordes out upon society, they are innocent. The same argument would so affect the proceedings of our criminal courts, that judge and jury would have to exercise great care to know how much of the guilty body was ar­raigned at the bar, if any, in order to mete out the ends of justice.

 Such an argument, though popular and common, contra­dicts common sense, the common consciousness and experi­ence of mankind. Again, it would apply with equal force against the resurrection of Christ. His body, according to this hypothesis, changed several times, at least four times. Yet what body did he bring up?  This brings us to the true and Scriptural answer to the objection-the same body he laid down in the grave.

 We have an evidence of the resurrection of the human body in the resurrection of Christ.  “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.”  “If Christ rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no res­urrection of the dead, ‘then is not Christ risen.” (I Cor. 15:12,13). The resurrection of the race follows naturally from the resur­rection of Christ. This is clear from the federal representa­tive nature of Christ. The relations he sustains from his fed­eral representative nature to Adam proves it. If Adam in his representative character brought death into the world by his fall, and died himself, it is reasonable that Christ, in his representative character, should by his life, death, and resur­rection bring life into the world. The relation he sustains from his federal representative nature to us proves it. Being our second federal Head, and Heaven-appointed Proto-

 type, and that he did take upon himself a human body, and resumed that body after it had lain in the grave, exalted it to heaven, changed and glorified, is powerful evidence that our bodies too shall be raised, changed, and glorified, and dwell with His forever.

 Again, if it was necessary for Christ, to complete the plan of salvation, to be raised from the dead, it is also necessary, to complete the execution of the plan, that man also should be raised, and furthermore if he was able to raise himself, he is able to raise others. Such is the argument of Paul, hence he adduces as his principal evidence the fact, that Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection is the type of ours. Part of our nature is in heaven ; the exaltation of a part argues the exaltation of the whole. The Great Head of the church has gone up, and the body must follow. He is, as the Apos­tle expresses it, “The first fruits-of them that slept.”

 The Jews were commanded to cut the first ripening grain in their fields and take it to Jerusalem, and lay it upon the altar as a pledge of the coming harvest and as a thank offer­ing to God. At the end of the harvest they all again met at Jerusalem to celebrate the harvest feast; which they did with sacrifices and thanksgiving for many days. Now Christ the “first fruits” lays upon God’s altar in heaven, as a pledge of that glorious harvest at the end of the world, which will leave every old tomb tenantless, and gather us all, soul and body both, redeemed and glorified into heaven.

 The scheme of human redemption necessarily embraces the resurrection of the human body. Its provisions extend to the body, as well as to the soul. Hear the Scriptures: “Ye are not your own, but are bought with a price; therefore glorify God with your body and your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Cor. 6:19, 20).  Both body and soul are God’s.  both bought by the blood of Jesus. Surely a body bought by the blood of Christ, especially when that body has been the sanctified temple of the Holy Ghost, cannot perish for­ever.  “We wait for the adoption, to wit, the ‘redemp­tion of the body.” (Rom. 8:23). “I am the resurrection and the life,” Christ exclaims. No mistaking his meaning, for he is speaking with reference to Lazarus. Peter and John “preached through Jesus the resurrection of the dead.” (Acts 4:2). If through Christ, it is embraced in Redemp­tion.     “Christ bath abolished death and both brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel” (2 Tim.1:10).

 The seat of self-consciousness, or personal identity, is in the soul, yet the body is an integral and essential part of the constitution of man. God doubtlessly designed in the creation of man the blending of the two great elements of His universe, the spiritual and material, into one creature. This is clear from the very facts of the case; the creation of pure spirits, the creation of simple matter, and the creation of the dual nature of man, compounded of both. Man ap­pears to be the central link, uniting the spiritual and material, in the grand chain of life and existence, sweeping from the throne of God down through every rank and order of beings, by regular gradations to the passive sod upon which we walk. This being true, it follows naturally that the body is an as essential part of man’s constitution as is his soul-that he would not be man without a body. If this conclusion be true again it follows, if man is redeemed, the plan affecting such work must include the body as well as the soul, or man is but half redeemed, and the plan is but half a plan.

 Again, God’s whole system, spiritual and material, em­bracing His government of both, is a unity-a well-balanced, symmetrical, magnificent unity. The creation of a bifold being, possessing in unity in his constitution the two prime elements of God’s grand system, appears to be necessary to the unity of the whole. Now such a creature was man, for he is both spiritual and material. Such being his nature, it is presumptive that as a compound, God intended he should be immortal. In fact, such is the teaching of the Scriptures. Now sin entered the world, a foreign element in the Divine system, and being a violation of law, the basis of all order, naturally produced disorganization and death. It naturally destroyed the compound nature of man by separating his soul and body. Man was destroyed; the design of God was thwarted; and His system lost its unity–results not obvi­ated by the salvation of every disembodied soul in heaven.

 Such were the effects of sin, and the nature of God, and the nature of things required that it should be expunged out of His entire system. He could have destroyed sin by the destruction of everything which it had effected. He could have hurled His unbalanced system into nihilism. He had the power to do both, and His nature would have justified the action. But He of His own free will and grace chose to establish a redemptive and compensatory dispensation, according to the laws of His system itself, extending its pro­visions throughout the entire system, and touching with its restoring power everything which sin had touched-restoring man, establishing and perfecting His original designs, and readjusting the disturbed relations of universal being-He chose to establish a redemptive and compensatory dispensa­tion constituting within itself a complete remedy for the evils of sin.

 A dispensation countervailing the influences of sin; one which would neutralize its poison and destroy the mephitic exhalations in man’s moral atmosphere; one which would track with angel wing and purifying power the paths of its corruption, and extract the cancerous fibres of the deadly phagedena from the system and government of God, and cast it, its author, and children into Topher, and wall it up and arch it over, to rankle in its own corruption in eternal isolation.

 Now I ask you, is man restored to his original position as man, is the apparent design of God in man’s creation main­tained, and the unity of His system restored, if the body, one of the essentials of man’s constitution, one of the essentials of God’s original design, one of the essentials to the unity of His system, is never to be raised from the dead and united with the soul?  No; Christ Must save man in all the ele­ments of which man’s is compounded, or His mission is a failure. The objector is driven to the alternative of impeach­ing the remedial character and perfection of the atonement, or contradicting the Bible and the philosophy of the case, deny that death came by sin. Which choose ye?

 Christ himself taught by words and actions that the resurrection of the body was included in the great work of which he was the subject. There was a pleasant little family in the town of Bethany, nearly two miles from Jerusalem, which Jesus loved-two sisters, and one brother-Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. In Jesus’ absence Lazarus died, and was buried in a cave, and covered with a stone. Jesus heard of it, and he and his disciples started for the scene of mourning, and arrived at Bethany four days after the burial. Before he entered the town, Martha heard of his coming and went to meet him: “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”  “Thy brother shall rise again.”  “I know he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day,” says Martha. “I am the resurrection and the life,” says Christ.

Martha runs and tells Mary, for many Jews were, present,  “The Master is come and calleth for thee.” Mary rose up hastily and ran to meet him, and fell down at his feet: “Lord, if thou hadst been here my brother had not died.” Mary wept, the Jews who had followed her wept, and “Jesus wept.”  “Where have ye laid him?”  “Come and see.” They went to the cave: “Take ye away the stone,” and Jesus prayed:    “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me; and I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by, I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”

 Then Jesus cried with a voice, which one day will pour its trumpet thunders throughout the vast charnel-house of the dead and bid us all live, “Lazarus, come forth,”-and the pulse of immortality began its vibrations in the grave, and the sheeted dead came forth alive. That one dead man arose, is presumptive that all dead men shall be raised; that Jesus raised him from the dead during his redemptive mis­sion on earth, is conclusive that the resurrection is embraced in the work of redemption; and that Death heard and obeyed Him once, argues that he will hear and obey Him again. This conclusion is clear from the fact that when Jesus was completing Redemption’s plan the graves were opened, and as he completed it by his resurrection,  “many bodies of the saints which slept, arose, and came out of the graves.” And as his resurrection was necessary to complete the work of redemption he came to perform, and did complete it; so by a parity of reason our resurrection is necessary to complete the work with reference to us; and will complete it.

 Glorious hope!– a remedy as universal as the disease. Our bodies may be dead for centuries. The Erica heather of Scotland, or the cactus of South America, may bloom .over our graves; the chilly mists of the North may sheet our tombstones in eternal ice, or the encroachments of the Southern desert may bury them in sand ; marts of trade may be built over our resting-places, and the busy whirl of the world’s commerce may ring over our sleeping dust; the plough­boy may sing his merry song, and dance upon our long-lost graves; corals may incrust our bones in solid rock and rear up continents upon them;  or the wings of the tempest may fan our dust all around the world, yet the resurrection trump will find us, and we shall live again.

 The inspired penmen so understood it. Acting and living under the influence of this doctrine, they lose all terror of death. Hear how they term it:  “Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.” “Stephen fell asleep.” “Them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” How ap­propriate! How expressive! for them who sleep shall awake. Death is not annihilation, but simply a change. It is sleep. To the energies of the laboring, sleep is rest and recupera­tion. Death is rest to the good man from all his toils, where he gathers new vigor for an eternity of action. Pa­geantries of golden dreams pass before the mind of the sleeper; the beauties of Heaven flash with more beaming splendor before the enraptured vision of the disembodied spirits. The overpowering joys of the better world will so soften the tread of cycles, and deaden the grating thunders of revolving ages, that the resurrection will take the sainted spirit with surprise.

 The promised and kingly triumphs of our Lord Jesus Christ are proofs of this doctrine, “He must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death; 0 death, I will be thy plague: 0 grave, I will be thy destruction.” Jesus announced Himself as the Saviour and King of the world. If He is our Saviour, he must save us from sin and its results. Death is the result of sin, and if He delivers us not from its’ power, the whole is a failure–He is not our Saviour, the One promised us by the prophets, and the One the necessities of the case demanded.

 f he is our King, and His kingdom is to be supreme, universal, and absolute according to promise, He must rule over us, over his enemies, and over ours. Death is His enemy, and our enemy, and if He conquer not it, again the whole is a failure-He is not our King-our preaching is vain and your faith is vain.

 Death and the grave are our foes. Death’s ghastly and shadowy form rises to Heaven and, throws its awful shadow upon all our hopes. The grave darkly gapes at our feet every step of life’s journey. But Christ our federal represen­tative is conqueror. He was taken down from the cross a bloody corpse, and borne off to the grave. Hell exulted. Death waved his black banner in triumph. The light of im­mortality leaped up in one exhilarating flash, then sank to a waning spark; sighs ran along amid the bones of the patri­archs, and a wail of woe rang in the sepulchers of the dead. Had He never left Death’s dreary domain, the grave would have devoured all the race, and retained them. in its horrid jaws forever. The scepter of Death would have been uni­versal, and He King without a rival. No ray of light would ever have broken into the arcana of the lonely tomb to tell of coming day. No welcome voice would ever have rung along its damp and dismal galleries, and pealed in joyful echoes amid its mouldy arches to break the eternal slumber of its sleepers.

 The dying Christian might turn his eyes and look out of the window of his chamber upon the sunshine, the old familiar jar landscape skirting his home, and lift his withered arm and point his livid and chilled finger, and say, “Farewell forever.” He might gaze with hollow and dimming eye upon the faces of loved ones, fast receding from his vision, stand­ing around his bed, whose recollections are rapidly paling upon his memory, and say, “Farewell forever.” He might reach out his cold and trembling hand and grasp the hand of her who has traveled by his side from vigorous youth till both are old and gray,-not as the pledge of a coming union for one now breaking, but to feel its pressure for the last time, and to repeat in sepulchral whispers of saddest woe, “My wife, farewell forever.”

 But Jesus met Death in Death’s own territory, and per­mitted Himself to be captured, that He might lead captivity captive. He went with the Pale Monarch to the silent darkness of the tomb, but it was to undermine its strong­holds, and kindle the star of resurrection in its murky vaults -to cement the past to the future and pledge Omnipotence for a reunion. He plucked the sting from Death, took his keys, broke his crown, chained the monster to his chariot wheels, and mounted aloft to Heaven a Conqueror. My hearers, the keys of the grave are in higher hands.

 If there be no resurrection, Christianity is not adapted to all our wants. It fails to meet the aspirations and desires of our constitutional being, therefore has not all the elements necessary to make us happy. And if it is not grounded upon the wants of universal human nature, it is a failure. Can the best of you look upon your death as an eternal sleep? your grave as an eternal resting-place? can you bid without re­gret the bodies in which you have tabernacled so long an eternal farewell? Can you bid the bodies of your friends an eternal adieu, without the pangs of the keenest sorrow?

 Tell the young wife, widowed by this terrible war, as she rushes with disheveled tresses amid the promiscuous ditches of the battlefield, crammed with mutilated dead, that her hus­band will never rise, and her heart is saddened for life. Tell the sister, as she gazes upon the shattered body and obliterated features of a brother beloved, that that form and face will never be restored to happy recognition again. Tell the mother, who baptized her boy with blessings and sent him to the bloody “front,” where he fell and was buried, uncoffined, in some unknown grave, with no block, stone, or vine to mark his resting-place, that he never will come to her arms again.

 Tell the bereaved-fathers, mothers, widows, children-that there will be no resurrection, and a universal shriek will rend the air and crack the vault of heaven, till God hears and feels, and angels weep. Earth will put on weeds of mourn­ing, and like Rachel of old go down to the judgment weep­ing for her children.

 “With what body do they come?” The same body which dies. I assume the bold Scriptural ground that every es­sential element of it will be raised though its particles be scattered over earth and sea. Hear the evidence of the mighty Paul, the chiefest of the Apostles: “It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dis­honor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” (I Cor. 15:42-44). The conclusion is clear: the same body which is sown in corruption, dishonor, and weakness will be raised in incorruption, glory, and power. The same body which is sown a natural body, will be raised a spiritual body. Not a similar body but the same body. Again: “This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” “This corruptible” -as strong as words can make it. The Lord “shall change our vile body.” (Phil. 3: 21). “All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shalt come forth.” On any other hypothesis there is no resurrection at all.

 Is Christ’s body to be the model? The ineffablebrightness of His glory shone above the noonday sun and blinded Saul of Tarsus. Saint John saw Him in the midst of seven golden lamps, “clothed with a garment down to His foot,” girded with “a golden girdle,” His head environed with a radiating aureola, His eyes ablaze with Omniscience, His feet glowing like a furnace, His voice as the sound of many’ waters. The inimitable Prototype of celestial glory and regal magnificence, whose lightest shades defy the painter’s pencil, were the painter an angel. Like Him?  0 God! shall we ever attain to such perfection? me? you? Like Him  “Christ shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.”

 Finally, “How are the dead raised up?”  Inquiring humanity asks the question, doubting philosophy asks it, in­fidelity asks it, Christianity asks it. Paul answers it: “Ac­cording to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” God’s power is pledged for its per­formance. That Power which made systems, and holds them in awful and perpetual balance. That Power which con­founded chaos with order, and laid the foundations of the universe deep down upon nothing, and reared up its columns, towering into empty space, wreathed them with constellations of worlds, and propped against the throne of God. That Power which carpeted creation’s temple with emerald, roofed it with azure, and lit it up with ten thousand suns. That Power Which drives planets along their orbits and hurls the erratic comet to kindle its fires upon the black altars of night where suns never shine. That Power which shakes the earth, shivers its granite, ruptures its strata, overturns its mountains, and up heaves its valleys. That Power which binds lightnings to its chariot and rides upon the tempest. -That Power is pledged to raise me from the dead. Can it do it?

 Ah! angels could have philosophically descanted with more apparent reason upon the impossibility of creation before the fiat of God peopled immensity with worlds and intelligences, than you can philosophize against the resurrec­tion of the dead. Are there mysteries ? Are there difficul­ties? Paul refers them all to the power of God for an ample solution. You see as great wonders every day. Cast a seed in the ground; it enlarges: in a few days the germ sends up a stem and down a root:  the radicals imbibe the nutriment, and the stem enlarges and mounts upward as if by magic: soon its long conical blades droop in verdant curves to the earth, and the flower upon its top drops a dust upon the silken flower on its side, and a long ear of golden corn rewards the farmer’s toil-every grain of which pos­sesses the same reproductive power of the first. An acorn bursts, and a deep-rooted, gnarled, and knotted giant, who rears his trunk to ‘heaven, whose mossy limbs and crested foliage nod majestically among the clouds, is the result. Veg­etable life and existence are crowded with wonders.

 The phenomena of animal life, its causes, productions, nature, maintenance, reproduction, are full of mysteries and difficulties solving and unfolding every hour. Earth, air, and water are replete with mysteries, and instinct with difficul­ties. Every moment is a seeming eternity of impossibil­ities; every atom a universe of overwhelming difficulties. For man, who is himself a microcosm of wonders, standing amid a world of wonders, profound and confounding, to present the difficulties involved in the resurrection of the body as an insuperable obstacle to its accomplishment, is at once preposterous. Though your bones may lie bleaching in the bottom of the sea, or fossilized be deeply imbedded in rock; though your dust may be scattered over continents, transmuted into animals or plants, diffused in the air, diffused in the water, or mingled with clay, God’s power is able to raise you from the dead, and is pledged to do it.  That Power sooner or later will be exercised. The last day will come. The sun unwheeled will drag along the jarring heavens and refuse to shine. The stars will hide their
faces, and the moon will roll up in the heavens red as blood, and hang her crimson livery upon the wing of the night. Earth will tremble upon her axis, and huge mountains of woe will drift and lodge upon her heart. A mighty angel with a face like the sun, clothed with clouds, and crowned with a rainbow, and shod with wings of fire, will cleave the heavens in his lightning track, and descending with his right foot upon the troubled sea, and his left foot upon the quaking earth, lift his hand to heaven, and swear by the Judge of the quick and the dead that time shall be no longer. Old Time, the father of centuries and the tomb-builder of gen­erations, will drop his broken scythe and break his glass, careen and fall a giant in ruins.

 The trump of God will then sound. Its resonant thunders will roll through all the lengths and breadths of Death’s vast empire, and its old walls and arches crammed with buried millions will fall in crashing ruins. The dingy king will drop his scepter ringing in fragments upon the damp pavements of the grave, and fly howling from his tottering throne down, down to Erebus. The antiquated dead will start into life from their ashy urns and funeral pyres. Pyra­mids of granite and crypts of marble will he rent in twain to let the rising bodies come. Mummies will fling off the trappings of centuries, and pour from their vaulted cham­bers. Inquisitions will rock upon their foundations and revivified dead will stream from their dungeons. Abbeys, cathedrals, grottoes, and caverns will be vocal with life. Wanderers will shake off their winding sheets of sand, and rise from the face of the desert. Human bones will break away from their coral fastenings; mermaids draped in drip­ping weeds will mourn the evacuation of all their caves; old ocean will heave and swell with teeming millions.

 The battlefields of the world: Troy and Thermopylae, Talavera and Marengo, Austerlitz and Waterloo, Marathon and MissoIonghi; the battlefields of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, will reproduce their armies, and crowd the world with revivified legions. Indian maidens will leap from the dust of our streets, and our houses overturning will let their chiefs to Judgment. Abraham will shake off the dust of Machpelah, and arise with Sarah by his side. David will come with harp in hand. The reformer of Geneva and the apostle of Methodism will come side by side.

 Our village church yards and family burial grounds will be deserted. All will come: patriarchs, prophets, Jews and Gentiles, Christians and heathens, bond and free, rich and poor-fathers, mothers, children, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives-all from Adam down will come forth. And all the good all around the world all together will hail this redemp­tion’s grand consummation, with one proud anthem, whose choral thunders, rolling along all the paths of space, will shake the universe with its bursting chorus: “0 death, where is thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory”?

 EDITOR’S NOTE: Special thanks to my former association with Dr. John R. Rice and the paper he founded, The Sword of the Lord, for introducing me to the messages of Dr. William Elbert Munsey.  Munsey was a popular Methodist minister, born on July 13, 1833 and died October 3, 1877 (44 years).  He was converted to Christ at age 17 during a Methodist camp meeting.  He taught school and served a number of small churches before his well-prepared and powerful sermons were discovered by greater numbers.  His church services were packed and people crowded his meetings two hours before he would speak.   Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. asked Dr. Rice to publish a book of sermons by Dr. Munsey.  That book, Eternal Retribution!, was first published in 1951.  In his remarks, Dr. Jones reported that the sermons in this book were taken from a two-volume set (I believe the only books credited to Dr. Munsey) of remarkable sermons.  I searched the Internet for the books and found a used book store offering them in their original covers.  I purchased them;  amazingly at a very low cost.  It appears that everything Dr. Jones and Dr. Rice knew about Mr. Munsey was taken from these two volumes.  I am happy to own them and pleased to present the powerful message, The Resurrection of the Human Body.

 http://salvationlinks.com/?page_id=207 This should be a link to a page featuring a marker placed in honor of Mr. Munsey.

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 Brother Roloff Preaches 

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His Scripture Text: 2 Kings 6:1-7

I am pleased to publish the link for this sermon for my good friend, my former pastor, Brother Joe Ford of Macon, Georgia.  He loved Brother Roloff.  Brother Ford is one of God’s good and faithful stewards of the Word of God.      Brother Lester Roloff was one of the most colorful preachers I remember.  I heard him preach many times and loved every presentation he made of the Gospel.  Each time I heard him preach in person, I must have heard him on the radio ten times more;  perhaps more.  I loved his preaching, his humor, his colorful stories.  He was a delight.  I have heard more than a few preachers tell about receiving a phone call late at night from Brother Roloff.  He would call the preacher by name, “Brother…. this is Brother Roloff.  I will be at your church Sunday night to preach.  Get the word out.”  He didn’t ask are you open this Sunday night?  He just announced he was coming.  He would then mention it on his radio program and the church would be filled.  People were always thrilled he was going to come to their area.   From all parts of America pastors sent their troubled youth to Brother Roloff.  His radio program reached thousands of people who listened to him every day.  These people prayed for him and for those young people.   His home for unwed mothers touched the hearts of so many Christians.   We are pleased to present a link to one of his classic sermons preached, I believe at Bob Jones University.  I think you will agree he was like very few men who preached.  After you listen to him, I hope you will write  a note and let me know your reaction.   The sermon you will be listening to is posted at www.sermonaudio.com  There are a good many other sermons by Brother Roloff on this site.  Enjoy.