A recent article by godless heathens at CNN has surfaced, claiming that Christians are some sort of White supremacy organization or something, which is wrong on it’s face, however it attempts to use a gender… More
As we come out of a farce of an election, that many say was stolen, and I tend to agree in part, it is time to once again focus on what is really wrong in society.. In short? Almost everything.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, we see quoted over and over again… People posting memes on Facebook or wherever, with beautiful flags and bibles and all sorts of “God bless the USA” vibes just oozing from every angle. They act as if this is somehow God’s nation, a nation of God’s people – and somehow worthy of being blessed in any way, shape or form… I have some breaking news for you reader, it is NOT.
Our society, and with our own in America, we can also lump in the rest of the Western world, we have seen nothing but the most rapid, and unhinged explosion of sin and nastiness this side of the flood – or since Sodom and Gomorrah even. Androgynous sinners run about, flaunting their perversions of sexuality. Gender is being swapped, chopped, and thrown about as if it is something that can be argued. Women are abusing, controlling, and subverting God’s order of the family and church. Drunkeness, drugs and all manner of idiocy is becoming more and more acceptable, and babies are worth about as much as chewed bubblegum in the eyes of society.
The Laodicean church, (AKA the SBC, Calvary, Pentecostals, and all the other demon-inations) has no desire in combating the society as it turns down the road to collapse. Most of these faux-churches spend their time talking about how prosperous God supposedly wants us to be, or how much God wants you to give to their coffers. There is no preaching on Salvation through faith, in Christ, followed by the lifelong effort to always be a better Christian… Instead?
Churches now have gay, trans, or female pastors in droves. This is seen as being inclusive – as Christ loves everyone just how they are..
Psalm 10:3 KJV
For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
We live in a time where those that claim to be Christians, accept the sins of the Sodomites, and everything else that pops up. Ever try and make a statement about how such things are wrong? Be prepared to have people scream at you regarding how much we are to love… Yes we are to love, but we are to abstain from all appearance of evil – how do we do this? By making a point to rebuke sin, especially in those who claim to be Christians.
Frankly, dear reader, I do not think it really mattered who won the 2020 Election… Do you know why?
Society was on this path before President Trump was elected, the same ‘culture’ war continued disgustingly while Trump was in office, and it would have continued with him in office. Christians either are too afraid to speak out against the sin rampant in our churches, families, and communities, or literally do not care. Living in a place where sin does not bother you, makes me wonder if some are even saved at all… The Holy Spirit is an indwelling – and it convicts.. If you are in sin right now, and thought yourself a Christian, and don’t care? I recommend you get saved right now.
Luke 6:46 KJV
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
12The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, 13Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: 14Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD. 15If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: 16Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
Notice something in Ezekiel – it mentions Noah, Daniel and Job… Now modernist scientists – 1 Timothy 6:20 – we hear pound their gorilla chests saying that they didn’t exist, but God said they did. Notice these giants of the Bible, where stated to be only able to save their own souls by righteousness. What does that mean here?
It means that no matter how many saved (righteous by the blood of Christ) people inhabit this Sodom of a nation, God will not spare a single person when his judgement comes. When society flips its last finger to the Lord of Hosts, it will be over. This society will be barren – and not a single will be spared from God’s wrath, just because a few Christians are nearby.
That is why we must be busy – reaching to the lost and begging them to accept Christ… That is why we must be rebuking sin and those in it – so they may change their ways.
Otherwise – we are on our way to a desolate and dark place… Regardless of who is in the White House.
Things have changed a great deal since I last wrote on the ROD website, and I believe it is time I update it once again.
Other than the theme change and other tidying up I have finished, I am happy to report that God has all but completed my miracle that has been in the works for the last few years. The largest Satanic influence on my life has been removed, and God has brought me that which he created for me. I have never been happier and I am thankful to the many who have prayed for me over the course of the last decade.
Another wonderful thing that has happened, is I have started studies with Salt Lake Baptist College, and am going to be pursuing my doctorate. You may think that I am foolish, to this I say 2 Timothy 2:15.The amount of study required to reach that achievement, will be immense, and I seek to expand my knowledge of God’s Word as much as possible.
This site, hopefully this year, will be updated with an official domain name, rather than a subdomain of (wordpress.com) giving us a more “official” look.
I know I have said that I would begin more writing on this site, and the events of the last year have freed me up to finally do such. I look forward to sharing God’s word through the works of writing, as well as my video efforts and beyond. I ask your prayers, and your continued support as we go on this journey together.
Recorded in 1996, this song captures the essence of starting church on Sunday –
First played by organist (and aunt) Connie as an offertory special, the song was fell in love with by the church, and adopted as the church song for Living Word Baptist Church. Here is a glimpse of the spirit that existed there all those years ago.
Cleotha Abston, the degenerate who most likely brutally kidnapped, raped and murdered Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher has been arrested – and since he is part of the protected class, it will be interesting if he actually remains in jail, and if he gets punished at all in the cesspool that is Memphis.
Eliza Fletcher, was a Memphis native, who worked as a teacher at an all girls school in the city. Just a normal mother of two trying to make her way with her family in this dark and spiraling world we are forced to live in. The criminal worshiping, and sin soaked left wing have created this problem with almost 60 years of unfettered reign in most of America’s largest cities. They have presided over the pillage and murder that has been happening, and it is a perfect example of what happens when GOD is forgotten, and the religion of progressivism is installed as the theocracy.
Would a God-Fearing, nuclear family raised, normal individual have a record f brutalizing people since he was 16? I think not. However, the leftists have decided they are gods, demolished the family, and installed the mantra of decadence and hedonism as the rule of the day.
These stories are all too common, with the ‘blue check marks’ on Twitter losing their minds that the story of a kidnapped white woman made the news. The degenerates on Twitter only know race and sex, so therefore are only able to see things through this lens. Undoubtedly the perpetrator will be painted as some sad victim of his socioeconomic factors, when in reality he is the godless heathen the left has created.
As out nation gets further from God, and the Christian principles on which it was founded, these stories will become more and more commonplace – and they will become martyrs for the cause of the death of our nation –
The only answer is full repentance of the false idols of leftism and modern race theory – and the return to the principles of all men are equally sinful – and the only solution is the acceptance of Jesus Christ. Devoting our lives to those values that once guided society is the only way these monsters will be put down – and the political parasites that created them be cast into the streets in shame.
Our prayers are with this young woman’s family – and may God have mercy on the animal that harmed her.
As the nation, and more importantly Uvalde Texas, reels from the carnage wrought at Robb Elementary – we must pray for, and support the families of those murdered, as well as those injured. Police, and Texas governor Greg Abbott, said that the murderer, 18 year old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement, but not after shooting someone off campus, barricading himself in an elementary school, and murdering innocent children. The numbers will change, but the fact remains that this should not have happened, and no one will argue that fact.
Unfortunately before the news has even finished, democrats are screaming like banshees about needing to get rid of all law abiding citizens guns. Just because this stupid argument comes up every time a lunatic, criminal or terrorist harms other people, here is a quote from the CDC:
Estimates of gun use for self-defense vary widely, in part due to definitional differences for self-defensive gun use; different data sources; and questions about accuracy of data, particularly when self-reported. The NCVS has estimated 60,000 to 120,000 defensive uses of guns per year. On the basis of data from 1992 and 1994, the NCVS found 116,000 incidents (McDowall et al., 1998). Another body of research estimated annual gun use for self-defense to be much higher, up to 2.5 million incidents, suggesting that self-defense can be an important crime deterrent (Kleck and Gertz, 1995). Some studies on the association between self-defensive gun use and injury or loss to the victim have found less loss and injury when a firearm is used (Kleck, 2001b).CDC
Now that the defense of normal people being able to defend themselves against the average democrat voter is out of the way, let us address the underlying cause of all of this.
The United States has rejected Christ.
That’s it – full stop. Scream and cry all you want. Allow rainbow haired morons to pound their drums and threaten law abiding citizens who protect themselves all you want. The decay of society is interlocked with the rejection of Christian principles of faith and morality.
The murderer in Texas was not white, so they cannot blame racism – so they will scream and pout blaming inanimate objects.
The blame squarely rests on the USA rejecting the Christian values that it was founded upon. Yes, we have a mental health epidemic going on, and while some of that is genuinely a health issue, it is not addressed either. Starting with Ronald Reagan, the non-institutionalization of dangerous and psychotic elements of society have exploded the homeless and drug addict populations, all while escalating the amount of violence they commit.
Do you really think that the psychopath in Texas this morning was just a normal person? No – he was not –
Just another example of a child who has been turned against that which is normal, and indoctrinated into the cesspool of filth that is the radical left. This person needed mental and spiritual help, however instead they were pushed, by society and most likely his ‘family’ into this dark depression addled sin-lifestyle.
However, really picking up steam with the Marxist movements of the 1960’s, God was ejected from the schools, the government, and the homes, leaving people broken, narcissistic and the problem has grown. Churches, (not social clubs like Osteen and Sagebrush for example) struggle to reach their communities, because the norm is now that people do not need God, however I propose that the reason all sorts of degeneracy and violence reign unchecked in society is because without GOD there is nothing but SIN and CHAOS.
Atheists, pagans, and all manner of silly people like to say, that if you need an imaginary man in the sky to tell you to do the right thing, you are a bad person. You know what? They are right! Humans are bad creatures –
Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Romans 3:10 -18 – 10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13) Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14) Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15) Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16) Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17) And the way of peace have they not known: 18) There is no fear of God before their eyes.KJV
Just look at Romans 3:10-18, and it describes the world without Christ, and no matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many times a politician gets in front of a camera to scold, society will never change without God being put back within the center where he belongs.
There are grieving families in Texas tonight, who need Gods love now more than ever. Instead however there will be politicians from the left screaming for days about gun control. If you, or someone you know is near Uvalde, or even close to those affected, be there for them. Pray for them – pray with them, and even if you live a thousand miles away, do your part by reaching your friends with the gospel.
Welcome to 2022 where a loud section of society is increasingly more vile and vulgar in their war against decency and truth. As we have seen the Supreme Court ready to kick the abomination of Roe v. Wade to the dustbin of history, the demonic left has begun its all out assault. Anyone who believes that babies do not deserve to die, is now an enemy of the supposed progressives and their tolerant allies. This is happening because it places consequences as intended, on the whorish behavior of a man and a woman.
Even though 70% of millennials support limits on abortion, the baby killers (aka the sex crazed hippies and their progeny of degenerates) still want to parade around, vulgarly screaming about their fetid ovaries and rights to dismember children in the womb. They have broken at least three federal laws regarding their terrorism of Federal Judges, invasion of churches, and the firebombing of anti-infanticide clinics. Isn’t it interesting that they will say if a Planned Murder clinic is attacked it was firebombed, but a Christian counseling agency simply caught fire?
We are in a possible moment of change in the USA, formerly one of the safest, freest, most stable places on earth. The left is upping their attacks, as the once Christian nation has been foundering in degeneracy for decades, and it would seem some people have had enough. This however, only means that the insipid attacks by the left will continue and only grow in number. This is why I encourage every congregation, regardless of faith to be able to protect themselves from these terrorists.
“Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”Luke 22:36 KJB
The liberals are frantic, as they have spent the last several years perverting the natural order of biological gender and the sodomite lifestyle. They are now saying that those abominations will be next on the chopping block, and they should be. Allowing a child, or even encouraging a child, to become a trans-sexual abomination is abuse of the highest form, short of the dismemberment of babies in the womb, and yet they think this is something to be praised. This shows what lack of moral compass they possess.
I have personally argued with many in person and online, for the destruction of abortion. They will then use the red-herring of rape, incest or medical emergency. These are false statements however, because when approaching those and leaving them as acceptable, thus outlawing the rest, they scream and fume that it is unacceptable. They want to brutally slaughter the children of fornication and sin, and it has nothing to do with extenuating circumstances.
The bloodthirsty democrats are currently crafting legislation in Gomorrah…. I mean, DC, that will take such insane laws as Californistan and make them federal. Granted, in the law itself the wording cannot even state “women” because all of the mentally deranged and degenerate ‘genders’ must now be included. This law must not pass, and every effort to oppose the war against God must be taken by those in government who have a moral code other than narcissism and degeneracy.
Pray for our justices, and our churches, as the terrorists of the left are escalating their war against babies and consequences.
Have you ever listened to a speech by a politician? Obviously, if you are alive in the USA right now and can read this, you have at some point heard some bloviating idiot say “and may God bless the United States of America!” The crowd cheers, the president or other brainless minion waves and smiles… All is well in the world right?
Recently, ‘president’ Joe Stalin, I mean – Biden, signed an decree that allows funding of abortion outside of the United States, as well as within our borders, with taxpayer funds. Yes ladies and gents, (there are only ladies and gents by the way – wont be long before I will get arrested for saying that) your tax money is going to be used to slaughter children, not just in Albuquerque, but in countries around the world. Does this not make you feel warm and fuzzy right now? After all, it is bad enough that the despots in the democrat party also want to allow your child to get hormone therapy to change the sex that God created them with – (technically they are only hiding it – regardless of what the gender-nazis want to claim) so why not just murder children more freely in the womb.
Proverbs 6:16 – 19
Look at verse 17 – it says hands that shed innocent blood – so this literally means God hates the United States of America. Get mad at me all you want reader – but there is no denying the fact that America sheds innocent blood. Yes, specifically it is the Democrat party that support this sort of evil, but when we allow these wretched people to control this nation we are culpable. How many Christians have you seen vote Democrat over the years? I can imagine the number is quite high – and they always use fake reasoning… Loving their neighbor, being nice, or some other garbage… But what about the slaughter of babies? What about ‘wicked imaginations’ such as sodomites and transvestites? This is why I say – a real Christian can never vote for a democrat..
We are now in a time where we must stand against what is wrong in society and preach the gospel. Jesus saves from sin, and from Hell – but these people think it is ‘okay’ to live in the filth of abortion, homosexuality, trangenderism and beyond – without recompense.
Reader, I implore you to search your heart – if you find nothing wrong with abortion, or any of these other things – you must get saved today… The Holy Spirit convicts of these things –
If you are not convicted – you are lost.
Right this very moment, in Greenville MS, the city council has voted to literally ban all church gatherings for the duration of the statewide stay at home order. Just a few short hours ago, the police literally raided a church service and shut them down. The pastor, Charles E. Hamilton JR, of King James Bible Baptist Church (Love the name by the way) live streamed the situation on his personal Facebook page, and garnered thousands of views, and shares as the situation developed.
I have to say that the video is pretty intense, seeing almost the entire Greenville police department swarming a church parking lot, and all in an effort to stop in person or drive in meetings. (We will get to the executive order itself in a minute.) The pastor, obviously in a rather upset scene, is showing the police, talking about how the fight against the church has come to America, all the while blessing our police. (Thank you pastor.)
Now that I have set the stage for who was in the middle of all this, let us look now at what it was they were fighting against.
Ok, so now lets look at this as logically as possible. The government has said that churches in Mississippi, regardless the flavor, are not allowed to have any form of in person meetings. We know, as well as do most other humans, that this is in an effort to protect the weaker, and more vulnerable in our congregations, and our families at large. For some odd reason however, there seems to be a group of IFB preachers who are saying that they ain’t gonna listen to no government.
I might not be a Hyles-Anderson graduate, but I would believe that Paul was telling us, YES US, to OBEY our government. You may say, “HOLD ON A MINUTE THERE HEATHEN!!” Now, you are probably prancing around your computer screaming Acts 5:29, (Just to burst your little bubble, that is in reference to the Jewish religious leaders telling the Apostles that they could not PREACH or TEACH in Jesus name… OOPS) and throwing copies of the Constitution at me.. Ok… So…
Now, as I can see your temperature is rising and you are about to have an Anderson style meltdown, (Yes, I said it, you all are sounding like STEVEN ANDERSON the NUTJOB) the constitution only prevents the government from establishing or sanctioning any religion. They can restrict it, (much like most of us want them to do with ISLAM) and if you look closely at the above executive order information, they are not stopping you from preaching and teaching, they are stopping you from congregating.
Now, the next moron who tells me about the congregating at grocery stores and etc, they are short visits, in and out and the restrict how many people are in there, where they can stand and etc. There is no comparison between a church, which all but specializes in being close together, for long periods of time, and a short loved trip to a store.
So, while I am praying for our nation, I am also praying that Pastors will stop drawing national attention for breaking the law. Not only do you look like an idiot, but you also look like you do not care about the well-being of your congregants, and your communities. Do you really wish to have that stigma resting on your church for the rest of your ministry? The church that caused more people to get sick and even die from Covid-19?
Obey the law – if they choose to remain as they are after the virus is gone? Then I will stand next to you in the parking lot and get arrested..
Pray, and teach – reach the lost – but don’t put us in the same category as the science denying liberals who don’t know what gender means.
WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG?
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15-16)
To walk “circumspectly” is to walk “cautiously” with “watchfulness every way.” I’ve chosen the Ephesians 5:15 text because that’s pretty much the theme of today’s message. We should always be on guard in every way, not just on guard against things from on the outside, but also continually checking and improving things on the inside.
Have you ever wondered if we might be wrong about the things that we believe? I have that thought cross my mind at times, not a lot, but it does pass through my mind on occasion. What if we are just plain WRONG about some of our most basic beliefs? What if the Bible is right, but our understanding of it is wrong?
Now, I realize that some proud and conceited brethren would never entertain such a thought. In fact, I often wonder if some of them ever entertain ANY thoughts of their own; but I certainly have such thoughts occasionally. Being human, I have been wrong about things at times, and I have had to repent and get things right, sometimes with my heart, sometimes with my head, and sometimes with both. So, in the spirit of I Thessalonians 5:21, it’s always good to conduct a bit of self-examining in regards to our beliefs and take nothing for granted.
You know, there are millions of professing Christians who think that basic fundamental Christianity is all wrong. I have a book in my library that condemns C. I. Scofield and everyone who has learned from him. The author even stated that all preachers should be required to attend seminary so as to avoid so many novices in the pulpits! In his view, that’s what Larkin and Scofield produced: novices in the pulpits. Like his Dark Age papal cousins, the man is all torn up over the fact that Larkin and Scofield placed Bible knowledge in the hands of common people instead of keeping it locked up for the elitist Nicolaitans. So, he and others like him are on a campaign to condemn all of us loose cannons and turn as many away from us as possible.
Such critics as the above author delight in dwelling on the technical points that they think will give them the winning edge of the argument(s), but what about the practical side of the argument? That is, even if we are wrong in some of our beliefs, WHAT HARM ARE WE DOING? I’ve checked my beliefs over and over very carefully, and I don’t think for a second that we are wrong, but for the sake of argument, WHAT IF WE ARE? Are we sending people to Hell? Are we producing infidels? Are we causing people to lose faith in God? In other words, even if we are in error, it is on the side of caution, not on the side of danger. By the grace of God, I’d like to illustrate this for you by addressing five beliefs that we embrace.
I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
If we are to believe our critics, then true Bible study and understanding must rest upon access to the text of Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. This, of course, eliminates most people since they do not have, nor will they ever have, such access. Therefore, “true Bible study and understanding” is limited to the elites who THINK they have superior knowledge to the rest of us since they have access to “the originals,” or at least they can come closer than the rest of us.
Now, how does that approach edify the body of Christ as a whole? The common people are kept in darkness while the elites strut around claiming superior knowledge. These people have had nearly 2,000 years to get all of their Greek and Hebrew fragments together and produce a perfect Bible for everyone, yet they haven’t done so. They haven’t done so because THEY DON’T WANT A PERFECT BIBLE! That would remove all power from THEM and put it in YOUR HAND, YOUR HEART, and YOUR HOME! God forbid! Then you wouldn’t need THEM! Then you wouldn’t need their latest money-making translation. No, you would have YOUR OWN BIBLE and your own Holy Spirit to bear witness of the truth it contains (I John 2:27!). Why, who knows, you just might start learning and growing to be wiser than all your teachers (Psa. 119:99).
Now, would that be so bad? Would it be so bad if everyone stuck with ONE BOOK that God has blessed abundantly and everyone had copies of that one Book in their own home? I believe we are spot-on with our KJV position, but even if we aren’t, at least we’re erring on the side of caution and doing more good for Christ than the proud Laodiceans who have no final authority other than one another.
II. THE RAPTURE
Based on a whole lot of Scripture, we believe that Jesus will soon reveal Himself to believers only by calling the church out of this world. Just as Lazarus didn’t have to wait until the “the resurrection at the last day” to be resurrected (John 11:24-26, 43-44), we will not have to wait until then either. That’s why Revelation 20:5-6 promises us the “first” resurrection over a thousand years before the last one. That’s why Jesus gives us John 14:1-3 and why Paul gives us I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:51-52. We’re getting out of here, and it will be sooner, not later.
But what if we’re wrong about that? What if I’m all messed up with those verses and there’s just going to be one big general judgment day for everybody? If that’s the case, then all we are really guilty of is telling everyone to receive Christ SOONER rather than later! How is THAT such a crime?
You say, “Melton, you idiot, don’t you realize that all this rapture teaching is discouraging people from preparing for the Great Tribulation!” Of course I realize that, but it doesn’t matter because the Bible never told us to prepare for the Tribulation anyway! It tells us to be ready to meet the Lord, but it doesn’t tell us to be ready for the Antichrist! We teach about the Great Tribulation and all that comes with it, so we leave no one in darkness about what’s coming. If we’re wrong about the Rapture and we all end up in the Great Tribulation, we’ll know more about it than most everyone there and we’ll probably lead a lot of people to Christ.
But if our critics are wrong, a whole bunch of people are being misinformed and unprepared spiritually for what’s coming, and many will end up in Hell because of it.
III. THE GREAT TRIBULATION
The Bible is very clear in stating that a terrible period of time is coming on this earth. It’s called the time of Jacob’s trouble in Jeremiah, it’s called the seventieth week in Daniel, and Jesus calls it “great tribulation” in Matthew 24:21. You can read all about it in Revelation chapters six through nineteen, and it’s not at all a pleasant read. This old world is approaching some very perilous times, and the wisest people on earth are those who receive Christ and escape this horrible time that’s coming. I have believed that for nearly forty years, and, like most of you, I believe it today.
But what if we’re wrong? Just for sake of argument, what if we are all mixed up and the tribulation period has already happened or it isn’t literal at all? All we’ve done is tell millions of people to GET RIGHT OR GET LEFT. How is that a harmful message?
Or what if the Rapture is really in the middle or at the end of the Great Tribulation? Again, all we’ve done is tell people to prepare for eternity by receiving Christ. How can anyone go wrong by receiving Christ today instead of taking their changes for a few more years? If we’ve erred, we’ve done so on the side of caution with the souls of men taking priority.
But if THEY have erred (be they mid-tribbers, post-tribbers, or no-tribbers), then millions of people could take their chances and end up being unprepared for what Jesus said would be the worst thing this world has ever seen. If I have to carry a wrong to the day of judgement, I’d rather it be one that helped more people than it hurt. I’d rather err on the side of caution than on the side of carelessness.
IV. THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM
I have a whole eight part series on the Millennial Kingdom of Christ running several hours in length, so please don’t doubt my views on the coming kingdom. I believe Jesus is returning literally to a literal earth to reign a literal 1,000 years. I believe it literally, physically and visibly. I have believed that since shortly after being saved in 1979, and I believe it more firmly now than I did then. I reject post-millennialism and a-millennialism, and I believe and teach the pre-millennial Second Coming of Jesus Christ, just as most of you.
But what if we’re wrong? What if God is all done with Israel and the church gets all the kingdom promises? No problem! We haven’t told anyone to wait for the kingdom anyway since we are already in the kingdom spiritually by virtue of the new birth. We’ve been preaching for folks to get saved and live crucified lives for Christ today so they can reign with Him IN the literal kingdom when it comes (II Tim. 2:12). If there’s no literal kingdom, then they’ll still go to Heaven and be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ for their service (I Cor. 3:11-15; Rom. 14:10; II Cor. 5:10). They win either way.
But if our critics are wrong, then the Millennial Kingdom IS coming and many of their shallow followers will not be ready because of the urgency for preparedness has been removed by their false teaching. They will be unprepared, as will most of their followers. Again, if we have erred, at least it has been on the side of caution.
V. THE DISPENSATIONS
Personally, I question the intelligence of anyone who rejects dispensational teaching. To me, to hear a man say, “I don’t believe in dispensations” is about the same as hearing him say, “I’m a brainless idiot.” The reality of some level of Biblical dispensationalism is so obvious that one has got to have a few loose screws to deny it. Any child can see that Adam and Eve lived differently than we live today. Any sound-minded adult, saved or lost, can see that Christians living today do not offer animal sacrifices at a temple or a tabernacle, and most any Christian living today knows perfectly well that Noah and Abraham didn’t preach, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31) We can ague all day about HOW MANY dispensations there are and just HOW SHARP the divisions need to be, but to categorically deny dispensations altogether just isn’t very bright. I have believed in basic dispensational truth since the early 1980’s, and I believe it more today than I did then, as do most of my brethren who continually study the matter seriously.
But what if we’re wrong? What if somehow we’ve all just gone too far with this thing and there is no dispensation of conscience, no dispensation of human government, no patriarchal dispensation and no kingdom dispensation. What if the lightweights are correct in saying that it’s all the dispensation of grace? I think that’s insane, but, for sake of argument, what if that’s true?
Well, if that’s true, then we have still managed to get a whole lot of people interested in the Book, and we’ve helped a whole lot of people to make some sense out of apparent errors and contradictions in the word of God. How can that be a bad thing? We’ve given more people faith in more Scripture than the dispensational doubters could ever hope to give. The passages that they skim over or ignore completely are expounded on by us, and many have an increased faith in the word of God because of it. By teaching a sensible and balanced dispensational approach to the Scriptures, we have awakened thousands who had been put to sleep by the limited revelations of people like Matthew Henry and Adam Clarke. If not for the dispensational teaching of Larkin, Scofield and Ruckman, this preacher and writer may very well have remained in spiritual darkness believing that naïve and childish “soul winning” was all that really mattered in Christianity since that’s about the only thing that I was taught for the first few years of my new life in Christ.
I thank God for steering me in the right direction. When I prayed the second most important prayer of my life by asking God to teach me the Bible, I’m sure glad that He didn’t send me to Bob Jones University, Tennessee Temple or Hyles-Anderson. God answered my prayer by bringing me in touch with ONE MAN, a rock-solid KJV dispensationalist who was a real man, unlike the sissies I had been hearing, and he could teach more Bible in an hour than most could teach in a week. If my connection to Dr. Ruckman had never been made, I’d likely have lost interest in spiritual things and became a Sunday morning Christian at best. Dispensational teaching and rightly dividing hasn’t hurt me one bit. To the contrary, it has made ALL the Bible user-friendly to me and allowed me to feel at home in any of its 1,189 chapters, and there are thousands of other believers who will echo the same sentiment. If we are wrong, it has been largely for the better, and we have no regrets.
But if our anti-dispensational critics are wrong, then they will one day give account to God for keeping millions of people in spiritual darkness, often believing the entire Old Testament to be a “dead Book” that isn’t worth reading, believing that the book of Revelation is too complex for common people to understand, and then spiritualizing everything else in the Bible that they can’t comprehend.
If we’re wrong, then at least we played it safe and erred on the side of caution. If they’re wrong, then they have blundered terribly and caused tremendous damage to the cause of Christ and to the souls of men.
– James L Melton
Bible Baptist Church
Yes, I’ve been reading some more . . . and this was a very good read, as well as so very pertinent for our world today. I would recommend this book titled “God and the Transgender Debate” written by Andrew T. Walker. As a Christian, we should always be ready to listen to what is said in God’s Word ~ the Holy Bible. His Word has been ~ and always will be ~ the final authority in my heart and life. Sadly ~ we have seen such a rapid decline in Western culture over my own lifetime, the span of nearly 60 years. To be rather blunt and to the point, Christianity’s cultural influence is dying right before our eyes.
It’s very sad to see the speed with which our country is going into moral decay. Of course, a country is only going to follow the lead of the “home”…
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