Separate and Sure

Customarily for our Sunday blog we quote a passage from a book or message from one of the great preachers and teachers of the past two centuries and then follow it with commentary. Today we will differ a little bit, in that our commentary will precede the excerpt. The reason for this is the power and relevance in the message we will quote today, from Oliver B. Greene.

If you are a regular reader of our blog, I’m certain you are aware that we consistently call out false teachers and preachers, faulty doctrine and theology, and the blasphemy of compromise, tolerance, inclusiveness, and coexistence; all of which have swept over the “Christian” church like a plague. Those who occupy the pulpits in these churches have ceased being separate from the world as the Scripture calls for in 2 Corinthians 6:17, and instead have embraced the world and its allure, compromising not only their own souls, but the souls of those over whom they exercise spiritual responsibility.

To preach and teach the word of God is an awesome responsibility, and the Scripture tells us that those who answer the call on their life to do so will be held to a higher standard by our Lord Jesus Christ when we stand before Him at the Bema. (James 3:1) The Preacher-Teacher must be prepared not only to obey what he sees in the Word, but to live as an example before men of what life In Christ truly is. His life must truly reflect what the Word teaches, because both what he says and does is reflected in the lives of those whom he exercise’s spiritual authority over. If he dilutes, confounds, or distorts the clear meaning of any part of God’s Word, he not only causes spiritual damage to those he teaches, he also places himself in peril of judgment. By condoning sin in any form or compromising clear biblical doctrine he promotes unrighteousness even to the point that some will be lost for eternity, because of his lack of fidelity to the Scripture. The Bible demands holiness, as well as devotion to Jesus Christ, and the obligation which goes with teaching it is a serious commitment. The one who would teach and preach the Word to others must be aware of his own sinful nature and seek to curb and control it with the help of the Holy Spirit; the one who would preach and teach the Word must be aware of the propensity of humanity to seek to embrace secular humanism and seek to denounce and discard it at every turn.

To preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ one must be Separate from this world and Sure of their Calling and Salvation. To preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, one must seek out and rely on the Holy Spirit. To share the Word of God one must have the strength and grace of God to draw upon.

Words of Grace for Strength!

Excerpted from: “The Word Above All” by Oliver B. Greene, 1971.

Too often the preacher himself does not abstain from evil, therefore he does not warn his people. God help us to live clean lives in preach clean living, in order that our records be not stained when we stand before Him who shall judge the quick and the dead at His coming!

To preach the word is to preach the second coming of Jesus: –
If the man in the pulpit is God’s man, a preacher of the word, his message will be well seasoned with the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The hope of this age is the return of the Lord to catch away His Church. I declare under you on the authority of the Word that a man who does not believe in the return of the Lord is not saved! No, I am not judging. I am simply inspecting fruit in the light of the Bible: “For by GRACE are ye saved through faith…” (Ephesians 2:8).
“The GRACE of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared… teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; LOOKING FOR THAT BLESSED HOPE, and the glorious APPEARING of the great God and our Savior JESUS CHRIST” (Titus 2:11-13).

We are saved by grace, we are taught by grace – taught to deny the world, taught to live righteous lives, taught to LOOK FOR JESUS! Therefore I declare under you that a person who is not looking for Jesus does not possess the grace of God.
The hope of this age, the hope of mankind, is the coming of the Lord Jesus. We will never have peace, we will never have lasting world order until Jesus comes. Man has tried everything in his power to bring about peace and world success; but as I write these lines, the world is in terrible chaos. Why? SIN is the answer – and sin will never be put down to stay until the Lord Jesus comes.

“Preach the Word!” My prayer today is that the Lord will help me to remain true to His Word and preach it in all its fullness and power until Jesus comes. God forbid that I should ever compromise with the world and the devil in my preaching. I trust as I send out this message that if you, dear reader, have not met the Lord in a born-again experience you will do so today. Do not gamble with “religion.” Religion is no good unless it is the blood-bought religion of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have been attending a church where the pastor is a blood-denying preacher, then search the Scriptures and see if what I have told you in this message is not true. God has not changed his mind about sin. The wages of sin is death, as it always has been and always will be. The sins which damned men centuries ago will damn men today. Do not be led astray by every wind of doctrine, but stand for the blood-bought redemption of Calvary. Stand by the Bible, live by the Bible, make sure you have had a born-again experience.

If you are not a Christian, I beg you to bow your head right now and let the Lord Jesus come into your heart. He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). There is no other way, no other door to heaven. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10). “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23).

Claim this promise made by our Savior: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth MY WORD, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

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Folks there is no better time than right now to repent of your sin guilt and turn your life to Jesus Christ. Accept His free gift of salvation and embrace life anew “In Christ.” The Rapture is Imminent, the Tribulation and End of Days is at Hand, and;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

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The Captain’s Conquerors

Excerpted from “Life on the Highest Plane”

Hebrews 2:10 “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

The believer should always look upon Satan as a defeated foe. He has already been overcome by the Captain of our host. Any power which he exercises today is only a permitted power that God may get greater glory to Himself through the victory gained by His child before a doubting world, and also that the Christian’s life in Christ may be deepened and strengthened. Satan was permitted through his human tools to stone Stephen to death but through Steven’s gloriously triumphant martyrdom God won the crown jewel from Satan’s diadem, Saul of Tarsus. He was allowed through human instruments to put to death the Lord of glory but in doing it he sent himself to the bottomless pit.

That wicked one has no claim whatever upon one who is born of God and he has no power to harm or hurt him. The believer who is hid with Christ in God and who is one with his ascended Lord has the right to claim the perfect protection which that position provides and to reckon himself as a conqueror in Christ Jesus.

1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Excerpted from “Life on the Highest Plane” by Ruth Paxson 1928

Words of Grace for Strength

We find four significant thoughts in this teaching from Ruth Paxson;

  • Satan is a defeated enemy,
  • the only power that he has is that which our Captain allows him,
  • and regardless of what we may suffer, or how we may be persecuted in this life, no eternal harm can come upon us because ultimately in our Captain we have won the victory.

The Captain of our salvation is Jesus Christ, and through His finished work on the cross of Calvary (His death, burial and resurrection being the proof of His victory), Satan has indeed been defeated. Yet, until our Captain returns in power and great glory to set His feet on the Mount of Olives and set up his earthly Kingdom, Satan remains the ruler of this world.

Therefore, we cannot afford to take Satan for granted even in his defeat, for without Christ we are weak, and the enemy is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We are not to fear the enemy, for our Lord, our Captain, is greater; but we need be wise to his ways, discerning his intentions. Satan knows our weaknesses and he will exploit them unless we’re standing steadfast in the strength and power of Christ. Seeing Stephen as our example, though he faced a martyr’s death, without fear he proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and saw his Savior standing to greet him into eternal life.

There is one more lesson to be learned from this excerpt.

  • Our Captain, for His divine purpose and in His will, can change any life, even that of the vilest offender, and mold that life into one of victorious service.

Saul of Tarsus, Saul the persecutor, met the Captain in all His blinding Glory on the road to Damascus. And in Acts chapter 9 we are told that the Lord saw him as a “chosen vessel,” yet He also said; (Acts 9:15) “I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 

The world is full of sinfulness and wickedness, and Satan will use every device he has available in these Last Days. One only need to read the book of Revelation to see that in the fullness of Biblical Prophecy. Yet, the outcome is known and will come to pass as prophesied. In the meantime, we need to be obedient to our Lord, and serve Him, our victorious Captain, for there is work He would have us do.

Again, with Saul, now Paul, as our example we can say with him: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” Romans 8:16-18.

We would all like to hear a “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21) We should all be willing to do the work the Master asks of us and therefore earn His praise; thus to have the opportunity to take the crowns He will place on our heads and cast them in praise and worship at His feet.

We are conquerors, with Christ as our Captain we are soldiers of the cross and nothing can keep us from victory and eternal life. Not even Satan himself.

Romans 8:37-39 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Finally, as soldiers of the cross we need to remember Paul’s words to Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:12-14. “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.”

Oh Captain, my Captain, my Lord and Savior be,

the Captain of my salvation, in Your death at Calvary,

Your resurrection conquered sin, now you sit at God’s right hand,

so life’s battle I can surely win, if in You I’ll therefore stand!            kdtw 1992