The Victorious Christian Life

My son, Pastor Caleb McKenzie, preached a powerful message on The Victorious Christian life May 9, 2018. If you can get a copy of the message, you should. His message, based on the book of Joshua, outlines three steps to victory:

  • Put away your past
  • Put your trust in God
  • Put yourself on God’s side

America, the Land of Liberty

Everywhere we look these days it seems like there is someone else screaming about the injustices of the United States.

  • We were terrible to the blacks
  • We were terrible to the native Americans 
  • We were terrible to the poor
  • We were terrible to the Chinese 

Turns out Columbus was a bad person. So was, the way many tell it today, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. Oh forget it! It’s useless trying to name all the scum that has surfaced in the history of the US.

But I listened to the final episode of a podcast called Revolutions. The host did not publicly note the significance of this, but he did remark that, in 1848, at the bitter end of all the world revolutions of that year, all of those failed revolutionaries fled for their lives to, you guessed it, the United States.

Truth be told they weren’t the only ones making their way to America. They came from Spain, France, Russia, Ireland, Germany. Name the place, name the culture, name the race creed or religion and you will find people from them who came here for a better life.

Did it work out for everyone? Of course not. Success in life is not guaranteed by governments, no matter how beneficent. But they did come and they did have a chance and many more of them than not did improved their place over where they had been.

No one has ever claimed the earliest people in our country were perfect. But I for one am still thankful for the country they created and I am thankful to be a part of it.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation under God, indivisible
With liberty and justice for all”

Predisposed Faith

 

Here’s the thing, there is nothing in the Bible that has ever been scientifically proven to be false. Nothing. 

  • Not archeologically 
  • Not anthropologically
  • Not historically 

Nothing 

Not even evolution. Though evolution is almost universally accepted in the scientific community there is a great deal of disagreement in evolutionary theory. That is, as much as the atheist and agnostic hates to admit it, because there is no scientific proof for it. No one has ever observed or replicated an evolutionary process. 

TROUBLE WITH BAPTIST HISTORY

English Baptists, along with most of the British Isles, had a distasteful view of the Anabaptists. It seems obvious to me that their view was because of the tainted representation they had received from the Catholics and more recently the continental

Protestants who had long experience with them. Theirs was almost a cultural disgust of the Anabaptists. They had refused to accept the authority of the baptisms of the Catholic and Protestant churches for centuries. That they had always existed was not contested. What was contested was whether they were a unifying factor within all of Christendom. Anabaptists had always been schismatic in their view, insisting on a different sort of church than mainstream Christianity had ever held. Anabaptists had also been noted for their insistence on a different sort of Christianity. They preached a converting kind of faith. They preached that those who were believers were to be born again and that this new birth would result in a growing sanctification and a life of purity. This tenacious distinction between the Anabaptists and the catholic church, whether the Roman version or the Protestant one, had given the world of Christendom a bad taste for the Anabaptists.

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Many Americans Prefer A “Higher Power”

A recent article in Huffington Post is entitled, Many Americans Prefer A ‘Higher Power’ To The God Of The Bible, Study Finds. 

It goes on to say that only 10 percent of Americans do not believe in some sort of spiritual force. It’s just that they don’t want to believe He is the God who is described in the Bible.  

I admit, many of those who reject the God of the Bible have an incorrect understanding of who God is. Some of them have rejected not the God of the Bible but a misunderstanding of the God of the Bible. Some have not rejected the God of the Bible but their own perceived terms of how a person comes to know that God. 

The article claims that this belief in something bigger exists even among atheists agnostics and “nothing in particulars.” (I kid you not. That is the title of this third group. Pew Research has labeled them, “Nones.”) They believe in a higher power but “a new study from the Pew Research Center shows that for a significant number of Americans, “God” is not the God of the Bible.”

Here is the thing. None of them can provide any evidence for what they believe. The God of the Bible, on the other hand, has provided that evidence in the Bible and proven it to be true through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is so much intrinsic and extrinsic evidence that the record of the Bible is true that it requires far more faith to discount it than to believe it. The key to all of this is that faith is something passed to us. We don’t just have it. 

The faith of the born again Christian was given to Him by God

The faith of the atheist, agnostic and “nothing in particular” he got his faith from some other “nothing in particular.”

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ae214d4e4b055fd7fc9af65

 

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A Crabby Perspective

I see a few buckets a person is best to stay in:

Marriage
God has designed marriage to be one man and one woman for a lifetime. There are numerous temptations that make us seem like this bucket is small, confining and maybe dragging us down. We need friends to keep us in our bucket. 

Work
If a man won’t work neither should he eat. We would like to rationalize that to refer to the ne’er do well. The man who climbs his way to financial independence or works his way to an early and prosperous retirement must be excluded, right? I am not so sure. To become financially able to serve God more freely is certainly advisable. To become free enough to spend time and money in a vacation for the rest of one’s life would be a terrible waste of God’s will. 

Church
It is impossible to put a group of people into a tight community like a church without some disagreements and disputes. The devil would love to convince the Christian that he could do better without the confinements of the local church. The matter of fact is that God created that church specifically to provoke us to love and Good works. Someone needs to keep pulling us into the unity of the local church. 

We would do best to avoid friendships that pull us down into sin. But the friend who keeps us in the will of God is no loser. 

 

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Just Dropping By

Not long ago my son had a man coming to his services who insisted he was not attending, just dropping by.

This man was not saved, and was happy to admit it.

But he saw something in those Christians that appealed to him

Week after week Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday, he dropped by.

 

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Spirit Filled Temperaments

I recently listened to Professor Paul Freedman, of the Open Yale Courses series, teach on the origin of the four basic temperaments. The lecture had to do with the history of Islam. Freedman illustrated how originally Islam was not that unlike other segments of the world’s population. Christian, Jewish and secular philosophers, along with Islamic philosophers, he said, all subscribed to the idea that the earth was composed of four basic elements:

  • Earth
  • Air
  • Water and
  • Fire

From that developed the idea that the body was composed of four bodily fluids:

  • Blood
  • Yellow Bile
  • Black Bile and
  • Phlegm

The notion, held by everyone from the Chinese, Indian to the Greeks and Arabs was that a healthy body was in a state of equilibrium in these four fluids. Whenever a person suffered from either physical or mental problems it was believed the four fluids were out of balance.

  • Depression, for instance, was the result of too much black bile
  • Anger would be the result of an overbalance of yellow bile

The terms that developed were:

  • Melancholy
  • Choleric
  • Sanguine and
  • Phelgmatic

 

I do not deny that people can be described as one of the four temperaments, or a combination of two or more, But I do like Pastor Sooter’s description better.

Pastor Tom Sooter’s message, check it out at, http://download.yourstreamlive.com/gluster/yourstreamlive/5622/851509.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bible-baptist-church-fairbanks-sunday-evening-service/id1347807028?i=1000407976760&mt=2

Professor Paul Freedman’s Open Yale Lecture, check it out at, https://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-210/lecture-17

 

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Approaching Retirement

I was brought up in an era when pastors were taught two specific things about retirement:

  • We were to preach/Pastor until we dropped dead
  • We would be best off to opt out of Social Security because it would be bankrupt before we could use it

Times have changed.

Where Do We Find Spiritual Answers?

This article goes on to suggest that, “As today’s youth adapt to changing religious views while still holding curiosity towards the uncertain, the need for a new religion becomes apparent” and offers pantheism as that new religion.

The offer is in my opinion, laughable because, all through the article, we are told that pantheism is an ancient religion. Hey, I know! Let’s take an old religion, call it a new religion and maybe young, confused people will buy into it from us!
http://baptisttheologyinamericanculture.blogspot.com/2017/01/where-to-look-for-spiritual-answers.html
To my listeners
Thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.
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