Pride Goeth Before Destruction

October 30th, 2012

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

What does this verse this mean? It means, "You had better stop! If you are full of pride and have a haughty spirit, you are headed for ruin! You are on your way to a fall! You are on your way to destruction! You are doomed if you go down that road with that spirit!" My friend there isn't one single statement in the Bible more terrible than this: "God resisteth the proud."

Did you know that (Proverbs 16:18) is the middle verse of the entire book of Proverbs, and, in view of the inspiration and preservation of the Bible, it may well have been divinely designed as such. Could it be that God put this verse where He did because the sin of pride is so deadly, it is appropriate that a solemn warning concerning it should be placed right at the heart of the Bible’s book of wisdom.

The sin of pride was the primeval sin of Satan: "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. " (Ezekiel 28:17). It was the sin by which Satan led Adam and Eve to fall. He appealed to their pride with the words, "…Ye shall be as gods…" (Genesis 3:5). It is always the "Besetting" sin of Christian leaders, especially those who have assumed such leadership prematurely. "Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." (I Timothy 3:6). Even Jesus was 30 years old before He began to teach. How carefully we need to guard against this secret sin of pride. If we do not, it will inevitably lead to humiliation and defeat.

The root of all the other sins people commit is Pride.

  • It Doesn’t Let People See Their Own Mistakes.
  • It Makes Them Resistant To Change.
  • It Makes Them Stubborn And Selfish.
  • It Gives Them An Inflated View Of Themselves And Their Ideas.
  • It Destroys Relationships, Splits Churches And Ruins Friendships.
  • It Makes People Think They’re Better Than Others.
  • It Leads Them To Think They Know Everything, “They Stop Being Teachable”.
  • It Drives Them To Being Critical And Having A Judgmental Spirit.
  • It Causes People To Reject Counsel And Develop An Attitude Of Independence From Authority. (God, Parents, Teachers, Coaches,  Spiritual Leaders)
  • It Creates Arrogance Toward Leaders – Mocking, Ignoring, Defaming.
  • It Leads To A Fearlessness Toward Sin And An Absence Of Fear Toward God.
  • It Results In Their Ultimate Fall.
  • It Leads Them To The Its Source: Lucifer. 
I dropped this beautiful buck last hunting season during the “Rut”. The “Rut” is the time when white-tailed deer, especially bucks, are more active and less cautious than usual. This makes them easier to hunt because they are thinking only of pleasing their own passion and desire.  How many times have you seen a fellow believer get full of pride and leave a church, go against wise counsel or reject the clear teaching of scripture only to end up a casualty.  Pride may be leading you to your destruction and fall right now. 

“Preacher” you might ask, “How can I humble myself and deal with my sinful pride?” A wise preacher once said, “Humility is not thinking little of yourself, it is not thinking of yourself.” May God help each of us, me especially, to walk in humility not pride.

Great Days At Grace!
October 16th, 2012
Great Days At Grace! It has been a tremendous Fall here at Grace. Over the past six weeks we hosted our 17th annual Ladies Conference. Both the crowd and the conference were fantastic. We had almost 100 more ladies in attendance than we did in 2011. Starting on September 22nd and going through October 31st we are in the middle of our Dare To Care Fall Focus. For six weeks we are Striving Together as a Church to win souls and to pray earnestly. In the past four weeks we have had the joy of seeing 53 precious souls trust Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

Last Wednesday kicked off our annual Grace Baptist College Days. It was the largest College Days thus far in the ten year history Of Grace Baptist College. Prospective students came from as far away as Texas, Maine, Louisiana  and many places in between. The college year has gotten off to a great start. We have 26 states represented in this year’s student body. I genuinely believe that we are getting some of the best Christian young people in the entire nation in our student body here At Grace. God is bringing us the sharpest young people in the nation. We are so blessed.

Tomorrow night and Thursday,  Dr. Russell Anderson, the cofounder of our college will be our guest speaker for our annual Founders Conference. It is always a thrill to have Dr. Anderson back on campus here at Grace. The staff, and the students are truly excited at Grace Baptist College.

Every service, Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening the crowds are overflowing here at Grace Baptist Church. These are Great Days At Grace! There has been a revival spirit in every service over the past six weeks.  People come to church every time the doors are opened eagerly expecting to experience God!  I am not bragging, just testifying! I sure do love the great people of Grace Baptist church. I am blessed to be their pastor.

I Love The King James Bible!

October 1st, 2012

I just finished my Monday morning Bible reading time. Wow! What an incredible book the blessed old Bible is! Every time I open it’s sacred pages it is fresh and full of life giving power and insights. I cannot image a day without my dear old King James Bible as my guide and companion. It is truly a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

I genuinely feel sorry for believers who attend churches that don’t think the Bible translation issue is a significant enough issue to take a definitive stand. I understand, unfortunately, why many churches do not encourage their members to embrace one particular Bible translation. It is because although the pastor might proclaim from the pulpit that he believes that the scriptures are inerrant, and verbally inspired one little clause changes everything. And that is the words “in the original autographs”. In other words the pastor is saying, “I believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired word of God, I just don’t believe that any version in existence today is 100% accurate.” Let me put that more plainly – “I believe the Bible is verbally inspired I just don’t believe any copy of it that is verbally inspired is in existence today.” In other words you don’t believe that the Bible in your hands is inerrant and verbally inspired. A preacher may argue this, but two plus two does not equal five.

I can hear the evangelical and emerging church skeptics howling already. “Oh no, you’re one of those King James Only preachers.” I am not ashamed to say that I do believe that the King James Bible is both verbally inspired (I Timothy 3:16) and supernaturally preserved (Psalm 12:6). Yes I confess that I believe that it has no peer or equal in the English speaking world. That blessed old Bible that just celebrated it’s 400th Anniversary stands alone as the Word of God. No modern translation has improved upon its sacred accuracy or influence. The AMP Amplified Version, ASV American Standard Version, CEV Contemporary English Version, NAB New American Bible, NASB New American Standard Bible, NCV New Century Version, NIV New International Version, NLT New Living Translation, NRSV New Revised Standard Version, RSV Revised Standard Version, TEV Today's English Version and even the NKJV New King James Version all stand in line behind the blessed old King James Bible.

Is it not interesting that the new versions translators do not compare their works with each other, because they're too busy comparing themselves with the King James Bible. This fact alone proves that there is something very special and unique about the KJV. Why does everyone line up in opposition AGAINST the King James Bible? Only a very deceived individual could believe that the new versions are equal to the King James Bible. Ninety-five percent of all evidence SUPPORTS the text of the King James Authorized Version. The new versions are supported by the remaining five percent evidence.

The new versions are supported by two very corrupt fourth century manuscripts, known as the "Codex Vaticanus" and the "Codex Siniaticus." These manuscripts are filled with many text alterations. All new versions contain readings from these corrupt manuscripts, and all new versions use their tiny five percent evidence to attack the ninety-five percent majority text of the King James Bible.

The Textus Receptus (received text) from which the King James Bible came can be traced clear back to Antioch, Syria, where the disciples were first called Christians and where Paul and Barnabas taught the word of God for a whole year (Acts 11:26). The other versions do not come from Antioch. They come from Alexandria, Egypt. We don't need an Egyptian version, for Egypt is a type of the WORLD in the Bible. God called His people OUT of Egypt (Exodus 3-14), and God called His Son OUT of Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:13-15). Why, the Bible says that "every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians" in (Genesis 46:34), and the Lord Jesus Christ is called a SHEPHERD in John chapter ten. Alexandria, Egypt, is associated with SUPERSTITION in (Acts 28:11), and Aquilla and Pricilla had to set an Egyptian straight on his doctrine in Acts chapter 18. Alexandrians are also found DISPUTING WITH STEPHEN in (Acts 6:9). So we don't need a Bible from Alexandria, Egypt.

While many churches and preachers have forsaken the Book that God has used for four centuries, believing that the modern versions are superior to the King James Bible, I chose to stick with the blessed old Book. We do not gild gold. We do not paint rubies. We cannot brighten diamonds. Neither can any artist add any final touch to this finished Word of God. It stands as the sun in the sky and this proud age can add nothing to it. It has the glory of God and any attempt to improve it can but disfigure it. It speaks with authority and breaks upon you as the Voice from heaven. Five hundred times in the Pentateuch, three hundred times in the following books and twelve hundred times in the prophets, the declarations are prefaced or concluded with such expressions as "Hear the Word of the Lord", or "Thus saith the Lord". No other book dares thus to address itself to the universal conscience. No other speaks with such a binding claim or presumes to command the obedience of all mankind. The Book speaks to the inner conscience with the authority of God Himself. That Book is the Bible – The King James Bible. Love it and live it my friend. We need to read it, study it, memorize it, meditate upon it, and spread to a lost and dying world, that needs to hear and head its soul saving message that Christ saves the soul of the person who by faith trust Him for salvation.