AMERICA FIRST

Pastor Kevin R. Airrington
June 22, 2016

I AM SO SICK OF THIS…I gotta say it!

We need to declare war on the Muslim Religion!   AMERICA was founded on CHRISTIAN principles. I get it, “religious freedom”…but let me make this is plain as possible.
THERE IS NO DOUBT WHO GOD AND HIS SON WAS TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS!
Yes, I understand there may have been some that may have been “less of a Christian” than others…but even Benjamin Franklin, probably the least Christian of all of them…quoted the Bible like the Son of God!  What’s your excuse, Christian?

Our founding documents are riddled with godly influence and the Holy Bible! Show me one statement that came from the unholy Quran? Do that and I will fall on my sword this instant.

And yes, I am aware of Spellberg’s book about Islam and the Founding Fathers.  She asserts that the Founders dealt with the same fears of Islam as we have today but they understood it.  She quotes:

[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.” Thomas Jefferson, [quoting John Locke, 1776]”

Serious?  I am supposed to read that statement and believe Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States embraced Islam?  She is a LIAR…and besides this is Jefferson quoting John Locke.  And who is this “John Locke” anyway?  Mr. Lock was an Englishman…he was a doctor and a philosopher.  He is conserved to be the “Father of Liberalism”.  Is claim to fame was RELIGIOUS TOLORANCE.  In his letters on the subject three arguments come to light: (1) Earthly judges, the state in particular, and human beings generally, cannot dependably evaluate the truth-claims of competing religious standpoints; (2) Even if they could, enforcing a single “true religion” would not have the desired effect, because belief cannot be compelled by violence; (3) Coercing religious uniformity would lead to more social disorder than allowing diversity.

Yeah…. this John Locke is a freak…and is no doubt burning in a little place we like to call HELL!

Ms. Spellberg…well I think she has a room reserved next to Mr. Locke.  She is a LIAR and she is pushing her own agenda…Google her!  Her book is even a lie.  Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an.  The speculation is she wants us to believe that…Thomas Jefferson had a Qur’an on his night stand…read it every night…faced mecca 5 times daily and prayed to a false god named Allah!  Excuse me?  Toilet paper please!!!  Thomas Jefferson rewrote the Holy Bible not the unholy Qur’an.

She also likes to quote President George Washington…that would be the first President of the United States for all of you history challenged people.  Don’t worry…stick around, I’ll help you.  George Washington hired some workers to work at Mt. Vernon.  Da…that’s where he lived…ok… Washington said that he didn’t care where someone was from as long as they were good workers.  Now, Ms. Spellberg hangs her whole feeble lie on this statement by the First President.  She claimed he tolerated and loved Muslim’s.  No…he said…well let’s look at what he said exactomundo (that’s Kevineese for exactly), “If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews or Christian of an[y] Sect, or they may be Atheists.”

She is a liar and a “stretch artist” …Kevin term.

JESUS called the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin dogs and pigs. he told us in Luke 22:36 to sell our cloak and buy a sword. I am thinking we should NOT be turning the other cheek on this Muslim problem.  We are at war!

Many of you have no idea how Islam got started. Let me tell you that story in a couple sentences.
Abraham, a Hebrew patriarch from whom all Jews and Christians and MUSLIMS trace their descent (Genesis 11:27–25:10), directed by God to leave his own country for another land.
His wife Sarai, was barren and could not have children. Now, God promised Abraham to just HOLD ON…you will be the father of many nations, God tells Abraham. Which…turned out to be true (from a demographic point of view and a religious point of view).
Abraham so desperately wanted a son. Now, how wife Sarai who loved him very much offered her handmaiden, Hagar, so that Abraham could have a son.

Now, listen, Abram (Abram is short for Abraham…like Rob for Robert) and Sarai is the same couple who were about to enter into Egypt, you know…the land of many gods. This is one of only 2 places in the Bible where it is permissible to lie…now, I am not saying we should lie…but to protect your family it may be permissible.

So, Abram tells his wife, “Say, I pray you, that you are my sister: that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you.”  Hey…I don’t want to die so let’s lie and say you are my sister…if we don’t do that, they will kill me and take you.

Egypt in the Bible…I tell you is what God uses as a bad example…a place of evil.  God even told Israel, “don’t even send your king to Egypt to get a horse.”) Deuteronomy 17:16) Today, over 95% of Egypt’s population of roughly 85 million people are MUSLIM!!!!  About 80 million people follow the teaching of Muhammed the pedophile and his false god Allah!

So, Abram takes up his wife’s foolish offer and he has a child with Hagar.  That was decision number one that is bad for Abram.  He has a son and his name was Ishmael.  For a while everything was hunky dory…but Sarai…really began to hate Hagar.  Then…Sarai has a son, a miracle and his name was Isaac.

To make a long story short…Sarai gives Abram an ultimatum…either they go or I go!  So, mistake number two…Abram hands Hagar some biscuits and beef jerky and a canteen full of water and says…see ya!  Actually, it was not exactly what happened…but that is the gist of it.  Was it a mistake to send them away…yes and no…but understand Abraham was OBEYING God…so it must have been right.  However, kicking them out is what lead to our problems with the nation of Islam!

Isaac…that is the son that God tested Abram and told him to kill his son…and then He provide a ram in the thicket, sparing the young Isaac’s life.  Isaac became the Judeo-Christian faith and Ishmael became the Judeo-Muslim faith.   My personal feelings are Ishmael was dealing with some serious rejection and daddy issues…and he was filled with Satan…and decided to attack his daddy the best way he knew how…HIS FAITH IN GOD.  Isn’t that ALWAYS how it works Christian?  Someone is angry at you…right or wrong and the first thing they do is attack your FAITH IN THE ALMIGHTY!

“Some Christian you are!’  “I want nothing to do with your religion!”  “I thought you were supposed to be a man/woman of God.”  That’s about right isn’t? Although…I know they are usually littered with profanity.  The people that know the least about the Bible launce the worst attacks.

As far as we know Ishmael never saw Abraham again, although he was present at his funeral. (Genesis 25) In Genesis 21, God tells Abram to listen to his wife…and he tells him that his offspring shall be named after his son, Isaac.  God also promises that God will raise another nation under Ishmael. God absolutely kept His promises…in both instances.

Now, here is the kicker…. Hagar…WAS AN EGYPTIAN.  Ding ding ding…bells should be going off in your head…80 million descendants of Ishmael in Egypt today.

We are not the descendants of Ishmael…we are the descendants of Isaac…and both of these nations are at war!  AMERICA was not founded under the rights of every American to practice Islam.  But the rights to practice BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITYEphesians 2:19, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”

We are a religion of turn the other cheek…however, Ishmael and his nation of Islam have declared war on us!  I understand that some of us are soldiers who fight on the front lines, others of us supply the front line with bullets, nourishment and prayer.  Figure out which you are supposed to do and pick up your sword!

Ecclesiastes 3:8 tells us very plainly that there is a time for peace and a time for war and this I assure you is NOT a time for peace.

WHAT ARE WE REALLY FIGHTING?

Mohammed, the founder of Islam who claims to be a direct descendant of Ishmael and Muslims, today, they view themselves as both the physical and the spiritual descendants of Ishmael. And so here you have this story, this incredible event that took place in this child’s life. Two thousand six hundred years after these events took place, a direct descendant of Ishmael named Mohammed birthed forth a new religion into the world. And what does the religion teach? … It teaches God is not a father. God has no Son. And, thirdly, Ishmael, not Isaac, is the heir with regard to the promises of God to the earth. The very things that those issues of rejection and woundedness and brokenness that took place in Ishmael’s life were preserved in that line and two thousand six hundred years later, a man named Mohammed goes into a cave, has an incredibly dark encounter with some sort of spiritual demon. It literally chokes the life out of him to where he feels as though he’s going to die, three times this presence comes over him and it demands of him to recite… On the third time, the words of the Qur’an begin to flow from the mouth of Muhammed.

Mohammed, himself, literally believed that he was demon-possessed. He was suicidal. He was terrified.”

Muhammed is a pedophile in the 10th degree.

Let me quote from two reports in Bukhari.

I m providing the link…not so you can read it and study it…but rather so you can verify what I am saying.  If you are sitting at the doctors and you have an extra 10 minutes…read your Bible not the unholy Quran!

“It is reported from Aisha that she said: The Prophet entered into marriage with me when I was a girl of six … and at the time [of joining his household] I was a girl of nine years of age.”

“Khadijah [first wife of Muhammad] died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed [alone] for two years or so. He married Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated [that means he had sex with her] that marriage when she was nine years old.”

I was speaking to a Bernie Saunders lover in the Seattle Airport; the conversation was pleasant enough…but his son told me that “according to their culture Muhammad was not a pedophile.”  Wasn’t a peda…are you kidding me?  SIX YEARS OLD…what does she have to be three to be considered a pedophile?  Disgusting. Muhammad only married widows and divorced women.  He had some 19 wives.  He even claimed that in Heaven Allah married him and Mary.  That’s right, the mother of Jesus.  Muhammad said Mary lived in a beautiful jeweled palace in Paradise next to Khadijah’s, his first wife.

Listen, I know the Muslims love to quote the Holy Bible…and say that young virgins are okay…they often quote 1 Kings 1:1-4.  It is at the end of Kind David’s life…he needed some help…what kind of help…I have no idea…the Bible said that they found a young virgin named Abishag.  The Bible records that David could not keep warm and she laid next to him in bed to keep him warm.  It is clear from the text he did not have sex with her.  And even if they did…it would seem that she was young not 6 years old.  They also like to discuss the most famous marriage in the Bible.  The marriage of Joseph and Mary.  Mary the mother of Jesus and His step-father, Joseph.   We know that Mary was at the “tender” age of 14.  First, I would like to point out that FOURTEEN IS NOT SIX YEARS OLD!  Even in America, we used to marry much younger.  Now we tell them to wait!  Wait until you are 30…when you have a house, 2 cars in the garage and making $100,000. a year. So stupid.  I am not saying marry at 14…but my goodness…we say, “don’t have sex, don’t yank yourself (figure it out), don’t look at porn, practice CLEAN dating and well do all that and wait until you are 30.  Gimme a break!  It’s not working…is it?

Paul said we must control our own bodies in holiness and honor.   He also said that it is better to marry than to burn. Again, I am not saying, “walk your daughter down the aisle at 14!”  But I am saying, “teach them to control their own bodies with holiness and honor…and marry when the time is right for them so that they do not burn with passion…or WORSE!”

Make no mistake, Muslims marry young…they rape…they murder…they terrorize…ALL IN THE NAME OF ALLAH!

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:39 to not resist an evil person, but to turn the other cheek.

The unholy Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing…but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshiping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” (Translation is from the Noble Quran).

Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

What am I saying?  I am saying that Islam comes straight from hell. And we are breading a bunch of wiener dog Christians that wear pink panties…and they in a bunch! We need to raise up soldiers…men and women of God that WILL sell their cloak and buy a sword.  Now, I understand…not all of us are soldiers…I get it.  I may be stupid but I am not dumb er um something like that.  But the LEAST you could do is pray…. the LEAST you can do is read your Bible…the LEAST you can do is tell SOMEONE ABOUT JESUS!

Now, I am about to say something that may shock you!

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is expected to outstrip Christianity by the end of the century. The number of Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the world’s population from now until 2050.

You JACKASS!  Hee Haw!!!  What in the world are you doing about it Christian?  That means, that millions of people will go to HELL…and it just may be your fault.  This is WAR!  Not a time for tolerance.  Show me where JESUS said we should be tolerant?  I am so sick of hearing about tolerance.  Hell is running rampant…and the Church is silent.  Of course that building you go to gossip and get free food is silent…  but the Church isn’t a building is it?  The Church is people…the Church is you and I!

We need to declare war on the Muslim’s.  Now I am not saying we should not be neighborly.  I don’t care who a man calls god…that is between him and God.  But, I can still be a good neighbor…be a good Christian and show the love of God.

I saw this movie [one free month subscription to about 5000 Christian movies on David A.R. White‘s Pure Flix] once…it was about a Muslim coming to America and staying with a friend of his.  This friend was a “Christian”.  The Christian decided he was going to do all he could to convert his Muslim friend to Christianity.  He worked really hard…he read the Qur’an…and studied all about the Muslim religion.

Every day, 5 times a day the Muslim would pray…although the Christian saw him praying he had other things to do…too busy to pray.  The Christian never missed an opportunity to talk to the Muslim about the cult he was in and how the Qur’an was not real and how the Muslim should become a “Christian”.  One day the Christian is watching TV…and without even looking up at his Muslim friend…he asked him, “Will you go to church with me this Sunday?”  The polite Muslim said, “I might…would you go to Mosque with me?”  The Muslim sat there…and the Christian flipped through the channels on the TV.

Finally, the Muslim could not take it anymore.  He scorns his Christian friend and says, “Are you trying to convert me to your religion?”  The Christian friend stammered and stuttered…had no idea how he should answer.  Then the Muslim said, “How much did you read my Qur’an…and study my religion?”  Again, the Christian had no real answers…and then the Muslim said, “all this time you have been studying me…trying to take me down…trying to convert me…but you were not reading your Holy Bible…you were never praying…why would I convert to Christianity…I just don’t think it is real?”  For the first time the Christian had an answer for his Muslim friend.  He said, “I don’t know!”

This war needs to be fought by Christians reading the Bible (preferably the King James) and praying.  We cannot win this war if you are not equipped to defend the Gospel for the sake of Christ. We cannot win the war if you do not pick up sword and clash steel with the enemy!

The Muslim religion is not a religion of peace.  I don’t care what George W. Bush or Obama says.  They seek to kill and destroy us!  Today they are cutting the heads of Christian school girls!  Not just cutting them off…they are sawing their heads off with knives while they are alive.

It’s time.  It’s time to put America First.  This war cannot be fought or won by secular humanism.  It will need to be fought with the army of the Lord.  The next president whoever he/she is will need to understand that we are in a war.  They will need to attack Islam head on and by God if locking the country down is what we need to do then let’s do it!

I fly to Seattle at least once a year.  It never fails…some 20-year-old Middle Eastern map gets waived through security…while I enjoy a full cavity check.   We don’t want to be offensive.  We want to be respectful…we would never want to stereotype. Seriously?  These are the people killing us…I just cannot imagine King David, General George Washington, General Robert E. Lee, General Stonewall Jackson, General US Grant, General John Pershing or General George Smith Patton not naming and killing the enemy.    We are already at war!  But we have chosen to, one: NOT NAME OUR ENEMY and two: NOT DESTROY OUR ENEMY.  When Moses and the Israelite’s were wondering in the desert for 40 years…they became a mighty army and as they took the promised land…God commanded them to kill everyone: man, woman, child and livestock.

Will you sell your cloak and buy a sword?  Will you stand up for your Christian values or will you cower in a corner and wet your pants?  Will you speak out and destroy our enemy?  Will you not allow Satan a foothold in your city…in your state…in your country?  On this earth.  I know…it’s dangerous.  Tell that to Sam Childers, The Machine Gun Preacher…he is a bad boy of the worst kind…finally, he gives his life to Christ.  Things are still rough for him but a change is taking place in his heart.

He ends up going to Uganda, Africa with some missionaries to put his construction talents to work.  During his visit he befriends a freedom fighter…who takes him on a tour of the village of Yei, Southern Sudan. …smack in the middle of a civil war.  He purchases property right in the middle of that war…everyone told him that it was too dangerous…that he will be killed.  He said, he did not care…that this was going to happen…he started an orphanage for children.  Construction begins…shortly thereafter in the night they find themselves under attack by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal rebel militia that had kidnapped 30 thousand children and murdered hundreds of thousands of villagers.)

They successfully survive and repel the attack.  However, not without loss of innocent life and the orphanage is burnt to the ground…every hut…every building.   He calls his wife, Lynn to tell her what happened.  He says, “It’s too hard”.  This wise, strong woman tells the once tough…now a little soft, made so the children of Sudan tells her husband, “God has called you to greatness…now STOP YOUR CRYING and build it again!”  Pastor Sam puts on his big boy panties and he rescues more kids and rebuilds his orphanage.

In spite of the odds…he stands firm.  In about 2011…he fired an employee.  The list of offenses was long…but one of them was, this employee had sex with someone that worked at the orphanage and got her pregnant.  After the firing the disgruntled former employee bean attacking and lying about the conditions of the children…no food…etc.  Christian Today, took a camera crew and went to see for themselves.  What they found was plenty of food in the kitchen…happy children…and in general good health.  And it’s 2016 and he is still there…taking his ministry into other countries of Africa.

He has fought rebel armies…lies of the devil!  This CHRISTIAN Preacher…may sleep with his Bible and an AK-47 but he truly is in the heart of the devil’s camp. 97% of the Sudanese population adheres to the Muslim religion.  My guess is the nearly 3% remaining are Christians that work for Pastor Sam.

Pastor Sam against all odds…puts a sword to the neck of his enemies.  He stands up to his critiques…will you?  Or are you just another spineless Christian?

One of the ways we can put the sword to the neck of our enemies is to elect Donald Trump to the highest office of the land.   Trump alone understands America.  He understands our enemy and he can do for our economy what he has done in his businesses.  Trump is the only one that wants to build a wall…stop the massive flow of Muslims into our country…he has the only plan to keep us safe!  Look at the terrorist attacks in our country since 9/11.  Say what you will of George W. Bush…but he kept us safe.  Do you think Putin would ever order Russian Fighter Jets to buzz our naval ships in international water if he feared America?  He knows this is no longer the country of the people, by the people and Obama is a joke to him!

I think he both respects Trump and fears him.  Trump is a wild card…unpredictable.  One of the things our enemies have wrote about us in previous wars is…America was unpredictable and lead to them winning the war.

When you are in a firefight…continually move closer to your enemy…he will not expect it and he will see the determination in your eyes…move in close and shoot him dead…in the head!  Don’t misunderstand me…am I promoting a war on Islam with real bullets?  Yes, and no…if it comes to that then yes, ABSOLUTELY.  However, I believe that we can hit them hard through prayer and outspoken soldiers of Christ!  Heaven forbid you DO NOTHING and we wake up and America is 97% Muslim!

I guarantee you that we will win this war…but only if we stand up and we serve God…and fight our enemy.  Make no mistake, the Islam Nation WANTS YOU DEAD!  There is no “Peaceful Muslim Religion!”

That my friends is a fairy tale.  Listen close…when the pundits and the President get on TV and they use the words, Muslim, a peaceful religion.” …grab hold to something a fairy tale will be told.  This is a false religion full of hate and war.  We need to call it what it is!  Start putting America First!

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FOOLS

Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Do not argue with an ass it makes you a fool! IN Numbers 22 in the Bible we read about a man named Balaam. This fella was turned all around backwards going the wrong way. This fool was ignoring God and only wanting to please himself. Sound like anyone you know. Oh uh uh no! Put that finger back…and remember there are four fingers pointing right back at you. This jackass wouldn’t listen so God did something incredible; He spoke to Balaam through his ass. Oh come on really? His donkey…sheeshe. Balaam becomes furiously angry at his ass. Balaam argued with his ass and finally nearly beat it to death. Then, just in time to save the ass’s live Balaam FINALLY Realized it was the Almighty trying to speak to him. God’s purpose was to set Balaam back on the right path.

When we are hell-bent on on going our own way…when we are on a self-destruction path sometimes God will go to extraordinary means to get our attention Sometimes He may use our finances to jolt us into reality and send us in the right direction or he may bless us with a rebellious child. Our first impulse may be to get angry and beat the messenger, but this may be foolish my friend. Perhaps, taking the time to listen to God and seeking His guidance just might be the way to go.

Is God trying to get your attention to keep you from making a fool of yourself? Take time to listen and He’ll change your course and get you where you need to go.

HAPPY ATHEIST DAY!

Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

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INNER PEACE

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
Isaiah 25:4

With all the unrest in the world today, in this Presidential Race and certainly I am feeling a storm brewing in my personal life I think that today is a good day to draw on that peace that surpasses all understanding.

Friends, ultimate peace is not the absence of storms, but inner peace in the middle of the storm. Hear me this morning, you will never find lasting inner peace until you find peace with God. You will find peace in spite of life’s storms when you surrender to God.

Have you found that peace? I hope that you will. Knowing Christ as your Lord is the beginning of the peace that surpasses all understanding.

MEMORIZE Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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TRUTH

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington

Does it offend thee when I speak the truth?

Good. It is supposed to offend you…that is how you know you don’t have it.

“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29

Now, who is TRUTH? Jesus said that He was. John 14:6. By His very nature He is offensive. And that’s how you know you don’t have Him.

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THE BIBLE

Rev. Kevin Airrington

Who among you can say will all honesty that you are a Christian?
Who among you can say with absolute honesty that you love the Bible?
Who among you can say with absolute honesty that you are a Christian and you love the Bible and can say you read it every day?

The truth of the matter is if you are truly a Christian you will read your Bible daily and you will do one other thing. Can any of you guess the second without hesitation? If you are a true Christian you will read the Bible and you will pray!!! If you do not…you are NOT a Christian.

“KEVIN, DON’T JUDGE ME!” Here we go again. Not going to go into that…except to read my essay called, “JUDGING AMY!” Which, in all honesty…needs to be updated…but the truth has never changed,,,just may need to add a little more.

Okay…stop being so serious…here are some fun facts you can impress your friends at the next birthday party…maybe you can make it into a drinking game! Doh! Did I just say that?

I sure did…perhaps if you won’t read your Bible or your won’t pray…then you can turn able trivia into a drinking game…hey, “faith cometh through hearing and hearing through the Word of God.” Okay…that is a Bible Scripture…(Romans 10:17)…and while you are at it…try this one one too: (Isaiah 55:11)…Can you cut n paste that one?

Okay…now the fun stuff:

When I say BIBLE…I mean…THE BIBLE…the one we read in English…the King James Bible or Authorized Bible. I am not referring to the modern mistranslations: i.e.; NIV, ASV, NASV, NASB, NLT, ESV, TM, TLB, NWT, etc.

You will want to get my new book…soon to be out on Hardback: HISTORY OF THE BIBLE.

Now, I will make reference to some English Bibles (and yes, there were plenty before the 1611 Bible)…but I will name the specifically. If I mention a bible instead of the Bible (Notice the BIG B and little b? That is deliberate) …I will name it…but just so there are NO MISUNDERSTANDING…I am referring to the 1611 Authorized Version…you know…The Bible. smile emoticon

Wow…I keep saying..”FUN” so lets get to the fun!

The Bible is actually a library of 66 books, written by 44 authors over a period of about 1500 years. The 39 books of the Old Testament were composed between 1400 and 400 B.C., the 27 books of the New Testament between A.D. 50 and A.D. 100. (Not CE and BCE…sheesh).

When the Bible was first written, there were no chapters or verses as today. In fact, many of the early, handwritten manuscripts were written without spaces between the words! Stephen Langton divided the Bible into chapters about A.D. 1228. The Old Testament was divided into verses by R. Nathan in A.D. 1448, and Robert Stephanus divided the New Testament into verses in A.D. 1551. The first complete Bible with chapter and verse divisions was the Geneva Bible of A.D. 1560.

BOOKS OF THE BIBLE:

Old Testament: 39 books
New Testament: 27 books
Complete Bible: 66 books
Middle book of the Old Testament: Proverbs
Middle book of the New Testament: 2 Thessalonians

VERSES:

Old Testament: 23,214 verses
New Testament: 7,959 verses
Complete Bible: 31,173 verses
Middle verse of the Bible: Psalms 103:1,2
Middle verse of the Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 20:17
Middle verse of the New Testament: Acts 17:17
Shortest verse of the Old Testament: 1 Chronicles 1:25
Shortest verse of the New Testament: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35; “Rejoice evermore” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Longest verse in the Bible: Esther 8:9
Verse containing all letters of the alphabet except “J”: Ezra 7:21
Verse containing all letters of the alphabet except “Q”: Daniel 4:37
Verses most alike: Psalm 107:8,15,21, 31

CHAPTERS:

Old Testament: 929
New Testament: 260
Entire Bible: 1,189
Middle chapter of Old Testament: Job 29
Middle chapter of New Testament: Romans 13
Middle and shortest chapter of Bible: Psalms 117
Longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119
Chapters that are most alike: 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37

WORDS:

In the Old Testament: 592,439 words
In the New Testament: 181,253 words
Complete Bible: 773, 692 words
Longest word in the Bible (18 letters): Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1)
Words occurring only once in the Bible: eternity (Isaiah 57:15); grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5); gnat (Matthew 23:24)

THE BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE:

here were several secular historians who wrote about the events of the New Testament at the same time the Bible was being written. Josephus is the most well-known of them. He was a Jewish historian. Tacitus was a Roman historian who would have no benefit from not telling the truth. Both these men, as well as others, can be used to back up the historical accuracy of the Bible.

There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible. Merrill Unger, who compiled a Bible dictionary wrote, “Old Testament archeology has rediscovered whole nations, resurrected important peoples, and in a most astonishing manner filled in historical gaps, adding immeasurably to the knowledge of Biblical backgrounds.”

NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER:

Historically it has been said that the Bible is the most sold book of all time. It is regularly on various best seller lists.

The Bible has been translated into more than 1,200 languages.

THE BIBLE NEVER CONTRADICTS ITSELF:

Think about that for just a second. First, that is just not me saying it…that is just not being hopeful…people devote their life to finding contradictions.

Yes, nothing…and considering these statistics:

66 books, written by 44 authors over a period of about 1500 years. How in the world did 44 Kings, Queens, Tent Makers, Tax Collectors, Pastors, Apostles, Evangelists, Shepards, a Doctor, Prime Minsiters and a Royal Cupbearer (Nehemiah). As the Bible was written over such a lengthy span of time, most of the writers did not personally know one another, nor live in the same eras.

So, David couldn’t call Luke and on his cell phone and say, “Luke, what did you get on answer number 27?” And Luke would be able to answer back, “I don’t know if that was Job or Obediah. I’ll tell you what buddy, let me check with John and I will text you later.” Serious! And you might say, “Oh that’s so stupid Kevin, I knew they didn’t have cell pones.” But I bet you didn’t know that Luke would not be able to look it up on the Internet! smile emoticon

See I told you this would be fun!

By the way…okay…now this may not be fun…and you may not want me to say it…but I think it MUST be said.

While it is true…there is not a SINGLE contradiction in the Bible…that is the King James Bible…

There are contradictions in these modern bibles.

Here is one…just one. And it is a good one!

The ESV (English Standard Version)..not a Translation per-say…it was a revision of a revision designed to bridge the gap between the NIV (New International Version) and the King James Bible. Their goal was to keep the easy to read NIV (which this is not even true…but this is their words so we go with it)…but the problem is the NIV is not very accurate…even the Zondervan (Publisher of the NIV and the Satanic Bible) folks admit this…and they TRIED to correct it in 2005 and then just 6 years later the NIV encounter another revision in 2011. We can get into those details later…

But the ESV folks wanted a Bible easy to read, “like the NIV” and accurate, “Like the King James Bible”.

So they take the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version), which was a revision of the RSV (Revised Standard Version) which was a Catholic revision of the King James Bible (er, sort of). Which was derived from the ASV (American Standard version) Are you confused? LOL Me too my friend. I go into detail in my book.

So…bottom line:

The ESV…is a version of the bible that was easy to read like the NIV (cough) but maintained the accuracy of the King James version. That part should be clear.

Anyway, the ESV failed…and failed hard!

Let me ask you? Who killed Goliath? Are you sure? Come on…really who killed him? I know I have posted this before…

Was it David? The Shepard…the Harp Player for King Saul or was it Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim that killed Goliath?

According to the ESV, Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim killed Goliath.

Look it up for yourself: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…

2 Samuel 21:19, ” And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (English Standard Version, ESV)

2 Samuel 21:19, “And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (King James Bible, KJB)

ESV says that Elhanan killed Goliath. King James Bible says that David Killed Goliath.  The KJB says Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother.  Which is correct?

Let’s see…

1 Samuel 17:50 in the KJB we first learn that David Killed Goliath! Then In the KJB we get a confirmation in 2 Samuel 21:19…Again DAVID KILLED GOLIATH.

The ESV in 1 Samuel 17:50 and the ESV in 2 Samuel 21:19 are in contradiction.

But it is worst than that.

In 1 Chronicles 20:5 the KJB says that Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath and guess what…the ESV in 1 Chronicles 20:5 says that Elhanan killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath.

So in the ESV they have created not one but two contradictions… and there are many other contradictions in the ESV and other bibles.

So when you hear about contradictions in the bible they are EXACTLY RIGHT!!!  However, you will NEVER see a contraction in the Bible!!!

For more…see the chapter in my Hardbound Book: HISTORY OF THE BIBLE in the chapter on contradictions.

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That’s Him!

Matthew 11:1-6

In Matthew 11 we find John the Baptist at the lowest moment of his life. He is in Herod’s prison and he has been there for some time. In fact, things go from worse to bad…er…bad to worse or something like that.  After about 16 months of being in jail, John was beheaded. As he sits in that dungeon, Satan has time to introduce doubt into the mind of John concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Isn’t that just like the devil?  COmes at us when we are at our worse.  John begins to question whether or not Jesus is really the Messiah.   You don’t hear too many preachers teaching about this side of John the Baptist…Of course, John had not always doubted! There was a time early in the ministry of our Lord that John was well acquainted with just Who Jesus was, John 1:29; John 3:30.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

and

He must increase, but I must decrease

Now, there is a little question in His mind. So, John sends his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the messiah or not. Jesus responds by telling John’s disciples to go an tell John that Jesus is healing the sick, raising the dead and preaching the Gospel to sinners. In other words, Jesus is telling John, “I’m Him!

I want you to know that there are times when I can sympathize with John. Surely, we all entertain doubts every now and then. If it were possible, I would like to go to John this and have him take a little trip with me.  If I could, I would take John to some places and show him some things about Jesus. When I had done that I can almost hear John saying now, “That’s Him! That’s Him!“. Well, I can’t take John to those places, but you and I can go.  If you are willing, come with me, I want to take you on a little trip and show you some truths about Jesus that should leave us all saying, “That’s Him!

  1. THAT’S HIM IN CREATION

(Let’s go back To The Beginning)

Jesus quoted from Genesis probably more than any other book of the Bible.

  1. His Presence In Creation – (Genesis 1:1)
  2. His Power In Creation – (Colossians 1:16; John 1:10)
  3. His Purpose In Creation – (Genesis 1:26)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. THAT’S HIM IN THE CRADLE

(Let’s go Back To BethlehemLuke 2:1-10)

  1. The Mystery Of His Birth – (John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:5-8)
  2. The Ministry Of His Birth – (Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28)
  3. The Majesty Of His Birth – (Philippians 2:5-8)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manger

III. THAT’S HIM IN CONTROL

(Let’s travel to the worst moments in human history)

  1. He Controls Disaster – (John 6:15-21)
  2. He Controls Difficulties – (Ill. Bread – John 6:5-14; Fire – Daniel 3; Lions – Daniel 6)
  3. He Controls Disease – (Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18 – Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the diseased, the crippled. No disease had the power to stand in the way of His power.)
  4. He Controls Death – (He raised Jairus’ daughter – Luke 8:41-56; He raised the widow’s son – Luke 7:11-16; He raised Lazarus – John 11:43-44) (Ill. He still holds the power over death – John 11:25-26; Revelation 1:18.)
  5. That’s Him In Creation
  6. That’s Him In The Manger

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. THAT’S HIM ON THE CROSS

(Let’s go to war)

  1. His Pain – (Ill. Isaiah 53:4-7; Ill. All He suffered for us!)
  2. His Payment – (I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 1:5)
  3. His Promise – (Romans 5:6-8; 1 John 2:2; Romabs 10:13; John 6:37)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manager

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. That’s Him On The Cross
  2. THAT’S HIM WEARING THE CROWN

(Ok…get back on the bus and let’s head over to the The Best Day)

  1. His Resurrection – (Matthew 28:1-6; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25)
  2. His Return – (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  3. His Reign – (Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Revelation 19:16)

That’s Him!  We have traveled from Manger to Cross, to resurrection and now to glory.  Jesus is everything that the saint or the sinner needs. That’s Him!  Like John and like Thomas (we have not talked about him…but we all know who Thomas is)…we all have a doubt…but Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be.

Them Thomas thrust his hhand in Jesus’ side…and place his finger in His scared hand, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”, John 20:28

Peter answering Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”   … Peter says,  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Matthew 16:16

Phillip said, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!” Acts  8:37

His enemies declared Him to be God…not a god, but GOD, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.John 10:33

Isaiah (Old testament Prophet), “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.“, Isaiah 9:6

King David claimed Jesus is Lord, “He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,” Matthew 22:43

The Apostle Paul, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:Colossians 1:15

Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58

Why is this important?  Because God gave Himself the same title when speaking to Moses, “I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.Exodus 3:14

Jesus, and perhaps the most compelling, said, “ I and my Father are one.John 10:30

1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

John 1:1, 1:14,  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.“, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

THAT’S HIM!

If you are not saved, let me just point out this fact: That’s Him! If you are saved, but need God’s help in your life today, let me remind you: That’s Him!  Whatever you need, wherever you are in your walk of life, all you need to know today is this: That’s Him!

It all comes down to this: If you need as Savior, That’s Him. If you need a friend, that’s Him. If you have a need that must be met: that’s Him. If you need forgiveness, that’s Him. If you want to miss Hell and go to Heaven, that’s Him. Whatever you need: that’s Him!

Jesus is the Living God!  That’s Him and He has the power to save to the uttermost!  (Hebrews 7:25) That’s Him!

Final Conclusion: Who did God the Father say Jesus was? “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8 THAT’S HIM!

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THE RIGHT VALUES

Rev.  Kevin Airrington
February 12, 2016
 
Hebrews 10:16, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;”
 
With this political season we will crown a new President. As American’s we all want the same thing…THE RIGHT VALUES in the White House…
 
There’s a lot of talk about values, like family values or traditional values. The cover of one of Newsweek magazines asked, “Whose Values?” I am reminded of dear friend and brother in Christ, Jeff Petkevicius.
 
Several years back, I had a radio show I did for Star Trek Radio called, “Trek by Faith”. Boy, talk about swimming with the sharks. While the station had open programming I was the only one that had a Christian Music Program…in fact it was an 80’s Christian Rock show.
 
I asked my friend Jeff if he would help me make a couple of sound bites or ads for my show. He responded, “We are just into different things.” Not wrong…just different.
 
Jeff and I do line up where it is important. But who decides which values are important? Does Jeff get to decide? How about Kevin?
 
Let me offer a suggestion; it’s very old but very contemporary. How about the values that come from man’s Creator – from God Himself?
 
They go like this:
 
• Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
• Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
• Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
• Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
• Honour thy father and thy mother.
• Thou shalt not kill.
• Thou shalt not commit adultery.
• Thou shalt not steal.
• Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
• Thou shalt not covet
 
These are not suggestions for when you feel they are appropriate. They are absolute commands. They tell us how to live life to the fullest.
 
Whose values? Not man’s…but our Creator…our Redeemer…our Everlasting…
 
I encourage you to adopt God’s Big Ten. You’ll find they are key to living life to the fullest. I am not suggesting, however, that we live by the letter of the law but by the Spirit of the law…Jesus said that He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it! (Matthew 5:17)
 
May your day be filled with Joy and Happiness..today, this chili Friday morning…meditate upon the law. The Psalmist writes, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11

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PRAYER ROOM

Pastor Kevin Airrington
January 23, 2016

Pastor C.H. Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church.

I was saved in a small store front church in Medford, Oregon. Even as a young convert I was amazed at the physical real estate that the church devoted to a prayer room.

When we moved to a larger building…priority one was setting up the prayer room. Sometimes we would go to help other churches and they had no prayer room. We would say, “that’s okay we will just meet in their sanctuary”. In one building we used the men’s shower room for prayer!

Many times…we would have no preaching…no song service…no offing plate “Oh my goodness…no offering”…for 90 minutes we PRAYED!!! We had prayer meetings in people’s homes on a regular bases…and some small apartments…with 30…40…50 people praying. People pray in the kitchen…in the laundry room…all the way up the stairs…WE PRAYED!!!

Today, sadly, churches donate much real estate to Sunday school rooms, bathrooms and their Holy Book Stores. But zero space for a prayer room. What’s worse is they do not teach their people to pray.

We knew how to pray…why because the Pastor’s and the church leaders were in those prayer rooms praying with us…they quoted scripture…they lifted their families up…their church up…and we saw revival.

So Pastor…if you have been lacking in your teaching of prayer…if you have not dedicated a place for prayer then it’s ok…you can repent and start this Sunday!

Christian’s if your church does not have a prayer room…and your church does not teach prayer…then go to church this Sunday and encourage your Pastor and your leaders.

Come on Pastor…you know that I am right! Come on church…LET’S PRAY!!!

i agree with Charles Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church. Is your church HOT or ice cold???

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

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YEA, HATH GOD SAID

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
November 2, 2015

John 5:28-29, “(28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Romans 14:10-12, “(10) But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (11) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:10, “(10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Revelation 20:13, “(13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

Teachers and Pastors who say that works are unimportant are spreading lies or at the very least are ignorant of the clear teaching of God’s Word—they are confusing the issues, by blunting the incentive to keep the commandments of God and to make the right kind of choices, by making people think that they do not have to do any works. Understand, however, that works are not required to save us but to ensure that we are changed!

When we stand before the living God and give an account for our lives what is God wanting to see in us?   God will be looking for evidence that will prove that you and I are indeed His children. The Bible says over and over that this judgement is based on our works. What have you done for Jesus?

Please be sure that I am not speaking to the quantity or the quality of our works. May God forbid! Paul tells us in I Corinthians 3:15 that, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” Even though the works are of poor quality, at least we have worked!  Are you just sitting there with your thumb in your ear like a bump on a log?

James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” The least some of us can do is serve as bad examples.

That judgment is in His hands. But we should recognize that He does require works. I want to be clear on this next point: THE WORKS ARE NOT FOR JUSTIFICATION BUT FOR SANCTIFACTION. (See my study on Sanctification in my book: New Converts Handbook – www.airrington.com).   HE WORKS AID IN OUR TRANSFORMATION of our character to the image of God. The works aid in our growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The works help to produce change. It is a cooperative effort that we do with God.

One bolder guarantee. If a person does not make any effort whatsoever to exact change in their lives, they will be exponentially unhappy in the Kingdom of God. Everybody in the Kingdom is Holy and if you are not you will be like a fish out of water. Everyone in the Kingdom is doing and living Holy lives. If you are not living a Holy life you will not fit and you therefore will not be there.

Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

In Genesis 3:1 Satan we are told is subtle or crafty. He twists God’s Word, “yea, hath God said”. Satan just like in Genesis 3 is attempting to destroy God’s purpose for you in your life. He is saying, “yea hath God said…” He is thereby subtly confusing the NECESSITY of Good Works. If he is allowed he will stop the PROCESS of SANCTIFICATION or the PROCESS OF BECOMING HOLY in your life.   He is able in many cases to succeed through his perverted teaching on grace, on law and the covenants. “Yea, hath God said…”

But remember this: Hebrews 12:14 tells us that without holiness—a holiness that we have to strive for—without holiness we will not make Heaven” Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

As can be plainly seen it is a known tactic of Satan to cast doubt on the Word of God. Claiming that plain scripture is misunderstood or mistranslated is simply an underhanded method that Satan uses to cast doubt on God’s Word. Christ is the Word made flesh who we receive by faith. Similarly the bible, the written Word of God is a faith book; you either believe it or you don’t.

Psalm 34:14, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” “DO GOOD”…Do a good work.  For Heaven’s sake DO SOMETHING FOR GOD!

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Infant Baptism

Rev. Kevin Airrington
October 5th, 2015

First some history. The doctrine of “infant baptism” was birthed from the man-made doctrine “Original Sin’. Since some of you may be new to this concept let me break it down this way. There are two sides to this coin. The first sense is the Fall of Adam or the “original” sin. The second part is the hereditary fallen nature and moral corruption that is passed down from Adam to all of his descendants.

The teaching of the “Original Sin.” Doctrine began in the 4th century by Augustine (Bishop in northern Africa). According to this doctrine an infant is born with the original sin of Adam and Eve. Unless this sin is removed from the child, he is condemned forever. Bishop Augustine promoted infant baptism to take care of this once and for all.

However, as we study the Holy Scriptures there is absolutely no biblical mandate for such a sacrificial doctrine. In English, please brother Kevin — nowhere in the Bible do we have a single example of an infant or child being baptized.

All of this confusion over infant baptism is not a result of the Bible presenting a confusing message on baptism. When we exercise the Paulinian mandate found in 2 Timothy 2:15, we will find that the Bible is abundantly clear of what water baptism is, who it is for, and what it accomplishes. In the Bible, only believers who had placed their faith in Christ were baptized – as a public testimony of their faith and identification with Him (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4).

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

A step of obedience after our faith in Christ is Water baptism by immersion We are proclaiming our faith in JESUS CHRIST; we are making a strong statement of our submission to JESUS and we are in fact identifying with His death, His burial and His RESURRECTION!

Okay, so why can’t infants/children just do the same thing? Simply put, because children are born in a state of innocence, purity, and sinlessness. Children will not be punished for the sins of their parents or ancestors:

Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

What? You don’t trust the words of my Zeke (Ezekiel)? How about JESUS? Trust Him? Jesus taught the purity of children:

Mathew 18:3, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Each one shall give an account of himself to God.

Romans 4:12, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Okay, Brother Kevin, I’m getting there. So, if there is no biblical precedence for infant baptism is it bad? In a word, no. Let’s read on.

THE NEED FOR BAPTISM IS NOT PRESENT IN INFANTS
1. Baptism is for “forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
An infant’s mind does not function like your brain or mine. Their mind cannot make choices between right and wrong and therefore, an infant is incapable of sin.
2. Baptism is an answer of a good conscience toward God (I Peter 3:21).
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
There is nothing an infant can do to bring about an answer of good conscience because and infant has no guilty conscience.
3. Baptism is for salvation ( Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
4. An infant is incapable of sinning and therefore is not lost. (I John 3:4).
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

THE PREREQUISITES FOR BAPTISM WE DO NOT FIND IN INFANTS
1. Faith MUST precede baptism (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 8:37).
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

An infant is not capable of believing in Christ. Faith is the INTELLECTUAL ACCEPTANCE of the evidences presented for the Lordship and deity of Christ. Anyone incapable of understanding is also incapable of faith. Faith cannot be accomplished by proxy.

Repentance must precede baptism (Acts 2:38). Repentance is a change of mind resulting in a change of life. An infant has no sin from which to repent.
2. Confession of faith should precede baptism (Acts 8:37). An infant is incapable of speech and cannot confess his faith before men (Matthew 10:32)
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Please note that as we read the preceding verse. This has nothing to do with the church we attended or the church where we were baptized. Jesus is very clear…if we accept HIM…not the sacraments of the church then He will accept us before the Father in Heaven.
There is no separation of churches and denominations in Heaven. Here is the nutshell of it all. Either you accept Christ and you make Heaven or you deny Christ and you go to Hell. As my mama used to say, “Just tell me…stop pussy footing around.” So, I tell you…accept Christ…go to Heaven. Deny Christ and go to Hell! By not accepting Christ…we are in fact denying him. If you do not know Him then PLEASE get with me or someone you trust to share with you how you can know Jesus today and have the confidence that you can make heaven your home.

3. A baptismal candidate must be capable of being immersed, as Bible baptism is immersion (Acts 8:35-39)

“When Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

THE RESULTS OF BAPTISM ARE NOT POSSIBLE IN INFANTS
1. If you are looking for a magic formula which saves those who have been water baptized the water baptism is not the magic formula you need. Baptism does not save you. Baptism must be performed upon one who has demonstrated an intelligent and willing faith. Baptism without the consent of the subject is an absurd situation (Mark 16:16).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Notice that Mark 16:16 does NOT say, “he that is not baptized is damned.”

2. Why would anyone baptize a resistant sinner? Why baptize an atheist who has no faith in his heart? An infant has no more faith in his heart than an atheist.

3. Those who were baptized in New Testament times “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42). Can infants perform these acts of worship?

THERE IS NO APOSTOLIC PRECEDENT FOR INFANT BAPTISM
1. No infant is mentioned as having been baptized in Biblical times. The “household baptisms” do not assume the presence of infants (See Acts 10 & 16).
2. Post-apostolic scholars agree that infant baptism is not taught in the Bible.
3. Jacobus (Congregationalist) ”We have no record in the New Testament of the baptism of infants.”
Scott (Presbyterian) “The New Testament contains no explicit reference to the baptism of infants or small children.”
Plummer (Church of England) “The recipients of Christian baptism were required to repent and believe.”
Luther (Protestant Reformer) “It Cannot be proved by the sacred Scriptures that infant baptism was instituted by Christ, or begun by the first Christians….”

SOME SAY THE DEDICATION OF PARENTS FOR THE TASK OF REARING THEIR CHILDREN IN THE FEAR AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD – IS THE WAY TO GO.

1. Infant baptism does not allow children to render voluntary obedience to the Lord. If one has been sprinkled in infancy and comes to see “the way of the Lord more per¬fectly,” his duty as a follower of Christ is to render obedience to the Lord in the light of his present under¬standing. This by no means is a reflection on the sincerity of their parents, however, as a Christian matures in their faith they are obligated to follow the Bible and not church tradition. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of the Living God. Too often we get caught up in church tradition or believe that church doctrine supersedes the Word of God. Heaven forbid!

2. I have said that there is nothing wrong with Infant sprinkling. And, inherently, I believe that statement to be true. However, infant sprinkling can also do grave harm to an individual. It may make one think that they are already baptized and already saved and so they live their lives on this premise; completely separate from the Word of God. Usually, these individuals have no interest in discussing the teaching of Scripture. I know someone who loves Jesus with all her heart. She grew up in the church of her parents, a church where they practiced infant baptism. She told me that the reason she has not accepted Christ or got baptized is because she was trying to honor the wishes of her parents.
Which is very honorable. But at some time we must desire the sincere meat of the Word for our own understanding.

3. I have partaken in “infant dedications”…for some this is a mere substitution for infant baptism. We don’t believe in infant baptism so we will make up our own. While some may disagree I believe we should dedicate our children to the Lord asking Him to watch over and protect our child. As Christian parents we are mandated by God that we will do all that we can to bring their child up in the ways of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
It should be the aim of every Bible believing church to restore the correct teaching of the Bible. The non-essentials, the fluff…we are all entitled to our opinion. And we are all different with opposing opinions. How boring would life be if we would all like the same kind of food, movies, cars, motorcycles…vroom vroom, houses, we would all like the same color, etc. As a church however, we should all return to our Bibles and not church tradition for all of our instructions. We should always attempt to do things in the spirit of Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” All of these things should be done in love and meekness.
Belief can be a funny thing. Sometimes we hear some evangelist say something…he is the trusted speaker so we take him at face value only to find that what he said does not line up with scripture. And sometimes our beliefs come from comments heard from childhood, with no foundation in the Word of God. As people we may not always agree on things like what heaven is like, to speak in tongues or not to speak in tongues. I love God’s Word and I think it is healthy to discuss these matters. Another thing to keep in mind is it is easy to disagree on areas that the Bible does not elaborate on. This lack of details has caused many wars throughout the history of the Bible.
However, there are principles that we MUST agree upon or one of us is not a Christian. I think it is important to inject that list of essentials…the things we must agree on and we must strive for unity:
1) We MUST believe that God the Father, Almighty, Maker of the Heavens (heaven: where the birds fly, heaven: where the plants and the stars are and the third Heaven: where God lives) and earth: believing that God did it in a manner any different that Moses lays out in genesis 1 & 2 our faith is in question.
2) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST is His only begotten (begotten= one and only)…I know churches that quote the KJV word for word…yet believe Jesus is the Son of God…on one hand and the other…Jesus is the brother of Satan! How can Jesus be God’s ONE AND ONLY SON (John 3:16) and He have a brother? One of us is wrong.
3) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of a virgin named Mary. To deny this is to deny the deity (divine status, The Creator and Supreme Being) of Christ.
4) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST suffered under the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate under authority of emperor of Tiberius; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell.
5) We MUST believe that on the third day JESUS rose from the dead.
6) We MUST believe that JESUS ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
7) We MUST believe in the HOLY GHOST.
8) We MUST believe in the forgiveness of sins through the split blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus Paid it all with that one act. “And he is the propitiation for our sins…” 1 John 2:2
9) We MUST believe in the resurrection of the body.
10) We MUST believe in life everlasting.
These 10 things we must strive to agree on. I believe (see there is that funny word again)…that if we cannot agree on these 10 then one of us, I dare say, cannot be called Christian. On all non-essential things…that’s just fluff. Let’s argue and stand united on these 10 things…the rest…lets discuss them…get different opinions and then lets love one another as Christ loved the church and let’s get on with the business of soul winning and discipling.

LET’S NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE HIGH MARK.

Let’s be ready to meet our Maker. The Bible (in Acts) teaches that to avoid hell and gain heaven – one must:

1) Believe In Jesus As Savior (16:31)
2) Repent Of Sins (17:30)
3) Confess Christ Audibly (8:37)
4) Live A Christian Life (14:22)
5) Be Active In the Church (2:47)
6) As a manner of obedience be Baptized In Water (2:38)
Joel 2:12, “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:”

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