The people called Baptists have, historically,
held to the principle that EVERY INDIVIDUAL is
personally responsible to God for adherence to His
order in both salvation and service. This separates
the individual from his family, friends, society ---
everything; it brings him face to face with His
Maker. To his own Master he stands or falls; to his
own Master he must one day give account.
Individual responsibility entails the FREEDOM OF
CHOICE. Baptists have, through centuries past,
insisted on the freedom of the individual to: read
the Bible, interpret the Bible, approach and serve
God without interference from bishop, church or
state. We would have a Bible in the possession of
every man, woman, boy and girl -- insisting that
each one, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
read, interpret and decide for himself.
Baptists have always rejected, as a violation of
individual liberty, the Romish imposition of infant
baptism -- a trap that Rome has always felt
necessary to assure the perpetuity of an
extra-scriptural and un-scriptural system of
deception and spiritual bondage. Every
member of a Baptist church secures that membership
on his own initiative; no one is unconsciously or
un-willingly brought into our fellowship.
No group of people may be discovered in the
annals of history, who have made a greater
contribution toward implementing the principle of
CHRISTIAN LIBERTY than have the Baptists. And,
considered from a HISTORICAL standpoint, Baptists
alone have held this tenet through the past
centuries. (In the beginning the Word of God alone
was our support: Dan. 3:16, l8; Matt. 22:17-22; Acts
4:l8-2O; 5:29). That it is guaranteed by the
Constitution of our United States of America stands
as a monument to the non-violent Baptists among the
early settlers in this country who put spiritual
principle above physical comfort. Religion must be a
purely VOLUNTARY matter. Civil power may make a
nation of hypocrites and infidels; it can never make
a Christian! What terrible havoc has been wrought by
a disregard of this biblical principle.
Under the direction of Calvin (and some Baptists
(?) still call themselves "Calvinists" without a
blush of shame) Servetus was burned at the stake
near Geneva -- while
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Our sincere sympathy goes to the family of Sister Vera Goodwin who went onto be with the Lord on January 18, at the age of 89 years.
Sister Goodwin was a charter member of Landmark Church, and a real blessing while she was with us. It is good to have assurance of her promotion to a higher realm - beyond this vale of suffering, heartaches and tears.
I have wept in the night for the
shortness of sight,
That to somebody's need made me
But I never have yet felt a twinge
For being a little too kind.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late. (Emerson)
Lewis Craig in Spotsylvania; William Webber in
Chesterfield, James Greenwood in King and Queen,
John Shackleford in Essex, John Waller in Middlesex,
and John Ireland at Culpepper FOR PREACHING THE
GOSPEL. Yea, they confiscated the property of
Baptists to support a worldly and profligate
ministry of the establishment.
True Baptists have ever fearlessly denounced the
unholy union of Church and State -- proclaiming the
right of every man to worship God as he chooses. Our
principles will not allow us to persecute. The
moment one begins to persecute, that moment he
ceases to be a Baptist.
(The above article was been rewritten from
"The People Called
Baptists", by Geo. W. McDaniel.)
THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS AS EXPRESSED
IN THE "BEATITUDES"
Jesus does not even finish the Beatitudes before
He comes to speak in the most amazing and wonderful
way about Himself. Note carefully the last of the
Beatitudes (Matt. 5:11). Is this a blessing promised
to such as meet a certain ethical standard? or
possesses a certain quality of soul? NO! It is
something promised to those who stand in a certain
RELATIONSHIP to Jesus Christ. "Blessed are ye, when
men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil against you falsely, FOR MY
NAME SAKE. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great
is your reward in heaven." Look again at those words
MY SAKE". Here is a unique claim. Men must be
willing to bear HIS NAME, and even to suffer shame
FOR HIS SAKE. In so doing, their reward will be
great in heaven. Does not this sound like the very
same Jesus who said: "If any man come after me, and
hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his
own life also, he cannot be my disciple", (Lk.
And again Jesus declared: "Whosoever therefore
shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this
adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall
the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the
glory of his Father with the holy angels", (Mk.
8:38). Nor is this in conflict with the words of
Paul who wrote: "Unto you it is given IN THE BEHALF
OF CHRIST, not only to believe on him, but also to
suffer for his sake". . . "The Spirit itself beareth
witness with our spirit, that we are the children of
God and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; IF SO BE THAT WE SUFFER
WITH HIM, that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present
time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us", (Phil. 1:29; Rom.
In the strongest possible terms Jesus Christ,
whose selfless life religious liberalism admires,
demands the submission of everyone and everything
under His own benevolent authority. To obey is to
share His fulness; rebellion assures eternal loss.
The choice is clearly YOURS. WHAT WILL IT BE??
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PERSISTENT PROMOTION OF DECEPTION
One wonders whether any degrading and
demoralizing business on earth has been more
persistently promoted by dishonesty than the sale of
intoxicants. A current misrepresentation, which is
being used to defend this pernicious traffic, is the
supposition that where liquor is easily accessible
moderation prevails and drunkenness is scarce. It is
argued, for instance, that where wine is served at
the dinner table, as in many of the homes in France,
there is little alcoholism. This is entirely untrue!
Recently published statistics show that alcoholism
is France's most serious health problem. The annual
death rate from Cirrhosis, in France, is actually
ten times the death rate in the U.S.A, claiming the
lives of 22,000 French men annually.
The Bible is right: "Wine is a mocker, strong
drink is raging: and WHOSOEVER is deceived thereby
is NOT WISE", (Prov. 20:1).
-- from THE GOSPEL WITNESS
THE PIG AND THE DRUNKARD
0 how well do I remember,
It was early in December;
I was walking down the avenue of
My heart was all a-flutter
As I fell down in the gutter,
And a pig walked up and lay down
by my side.
Our hearts were both a-flutter
As we laid there in the gutter
And a lady passing by was heard
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"You can tell a man who boozes,
By the company he chooses",
And the pig, got up and slowly
POTTER TRANSPFORTATION FUND
A recent note from Bro. Michael Rogers, pastor
of the Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, of
Bradford, Arkansas, reports that their fund --
designed to purchase some means of transportation
for the Potter's in Brazil -- now stands at $1,82O.
If YOU have not yet sent an offering toward this
worthy undertaking, why not ask God how much He
would have you send -- then do it AT ONCE. Make your
check payable to: "Union Hill Missionary Baptist
Church", and send it c/o Pastor Michael E. Rogers,
Route 2, Box 209 Bradford, Arkansas 72020.
THE WAY OF PEACE
"Hezekiah received the letter...and Hezekiah
went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it
before the Lord, (Isa. 37:14).
That was Hezekiah's way of laying his troubles
in the Lord's hands. He could not do anything, and
so he gave the matter to God. We all have our cares.
Sometimes it is a business perplexity, sometimes it
is a temptation, or it may be a combination of
circumstances that seems about to crush us.
What is our duty? What is our privilege? We may
take the matter directly to God. We may cast the
burden upon Him. That is what Paul tells us to do
with all our anxieties; and he says the peace of God
shall then guard our hearts and thoughts in Christ
"Peace, perfect peace, in this dark
world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging
To do the will of Jesus -- this
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows
On Jesus' bosom naught but calm