One year down…..

This last Sunday(9/13/15) was the one year anniversary of being the pastor of Open Bible Baptist church. It sure does not feel like it has been a whole year. Alot of things have happened in this year, both good and bad. We have had trials and victories both. This year, if there is one thing I learned above all other things, is that I am not capable of being a good pastor by myself, but God is capable of using the most incapable of folks to get His plan done.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I believe, without apology, that the most important element of a Christians life is to preach the gospel to every creature. Since arriving in Brunswick, the Lord has given many opportunities to do that very thing. He opened the door for us to preach regularly at the Salvation Army homeless shelter, Gracemore nursing home,and  The Brantley county jail. Also we are able to preach on the streets in both Brunswick, and St Simon’s Island(the adjacent town) without opposition at all. We have been able to knock doors in our community and have even seen folks come out and be a part of our church as a result of this. We have also been able to put brochures containing the gospel and information about our church in the welcome centers in the area.  Now don’t misunderstand, I am in no way bragging in my ability or accomplishments, every one of these ministries has been 100% God’s doing.

In the last year, we have had the pleasure to preach, pass out tracts, and hold signs and banners at a few festivals and parades as well. We were able to go to the St Patrick’s parade in Savannh, the Blessing of the Fleet in Darien GA, the Blessing of the Fleet in Brunswick, The Memorial day Parade in Beaufort SC, the Crawfish Festival in Woodbine GA, the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach FL, and the Labor Day Parade in Kingsland GA. We have stood out front of the rodeo when in came into town and handed out tracts as well as outside the theater downtown to distribute tracts to folks as they exited the facility. Some may think that I am try to boast, but nothing is further from the truth. I am simply looking back on the year and praising God for all of the labor that he has allowed us to do for His Glory.

This year has brought some folks by the church as well. In January, the Alford family came to be a part of our little church, and they have been a blessing to us as well. Bro Alford is faithful in our song-leading duties at the church services as well as a faithful participant in our Salvation Army, Jail, and Street Preaching ministries. In the month of March, the Lord brought us Mr and Mrs Page as well. Great people, that are such a blessing to the church. Mrs Page is faithful to be a part of our song service by playing the keyboard, as well as being the one behind the songs at Grace more Nursing home. Mr Page is a great help with church repairs and maintenance as well. We thank the Lord for bringing us these 2 families and the help that they are to the church and it’s ministries.

Now, this year, has also had some trials. This last year, we had a fellow trying to destroy the work by backbiting and railing and trying to sow discord among the brethren. It broke our hearts to have to institute church discipline but many of the actions were detrimental to the church. The issue really hurt the church and has caused some folks to leave unfortunately. In fact, at this time, we are still dealing with the hurt and problems that came from this sin in the church. This year, we have had some folks get sick, lose jobs, have family issues, and more. Now some would say that this stuff is “normal” to church, but it still is a struggle to get through. Thank the Lord for His goodness to us to guide us in the right way.

So, as we finish our first year here, we don’t intend to look back on the last year for too long, but instead we look forward to another year anxious to see what great things the Lord will do here in Brunswick. We are excited to see how the Lord intends to use a small group of incapable, sinners to accomplish His purpose here in order to allow Him to get the glory.

August Prayer Letter

August 2015

Brethren,

It seems like this month has simply gone by so quickly. But, I am reminded of the old saying that “Time flies when you are having fun.” And indeed we have been having a blast laboring here in Brunswick GA.

As I mentioned in my last letter, this month we began going to the Gracemore Nursing Home here in Brunswick. We have been having a great time singing hymns with the residents and then sharing the gospel with them out of God’s Word. The residents really seem to enjoy the services and have requested that we come every week, instead of every other week like we have been doing. So starting in September, we will be going every Monday evening to try to encourage these folks.

I mentioned previously as well, this month we had a 3 day special meeting at the church. It was such a blessing to have Bro Karl Baker and Mrs. Pam Baker with us for that time. We were able to hear the preaching of God’s Word from Bro Baker and get encouraged to apply it to our lives. We also had a great time to fellowship with them and catch up in regards to the things in the ministry. We had quite a few visitors come out for the meeting and they also expressed the Lord’s working in their lives by the meeting.

This month, at the jail in Nahunta, we had a tremendous service. This month, we were able to preach to the female inmates. A few men were able to preach the Gospel, and Bro Mike Alford was able to preach via a “chalk talk.” Bro Darnell Robinson was the first to preach, and when he was finished 3 girls came forward to receive Christ as their personal Savior. One of the 3 girls claimed to be saved, and wanted to get back to where she should be spiritually. The other 2 ladies, asked the Lord to save them and seemed to go away rejoicing. One of the 2 girls to be saved is supposed to be released on the 1st of September, and she lives in Brunswick. Please pray for her that nothing will hinder her from coming to church and allowing us to help her to grow in Jesus Christ.

The rain has continued to cause us to be hindered in some of our outreach as well as some of the things that are needed in regards to church building maintenance. In the next few months, we are going to have to change out the roof on our building (it has begun leaking) and redo the exterior trim as well. Please pray that all will go well with these projects, and that we will be able to accomplish them speedily and properly. I praise the Lord for the men and women who are willing to give up their time to help with these repairs.

Also, lately, Daniel Holton (our sound man) has been making an effort to advertise our church more heavily via the internet. Considering that this is the way that our culture is headed, we figured it would be worth a try. He has just started doing this in the last month, and so far we have already seen some visitors. Please pray the Lord will use this means to continue to reach folks as well.

We ask your prayers this month as well for a few things: 1) Please pray for Mrs. Georgia Reddick. She is an older member of our church who has been battling with her blood pressure. It will randomly drop and skyrocket and cause her issues. A few weeks ago, it fell to the point that she got so weak that she fell and ended up breaking a bone in her ankle. She is in a rehabilitation facility right now doing therapy, and the doctors think she will be there at least another 2 weeks. Please pray for her recovery and her spirits to stay encouraged. 2) Also, another member of the church, Jack Hannah, had to have surgery on the 31st  in regards to cancer that he has in his colon. The surgery went well, but when they awoke him from surgery, he had a violent reaction and they were forced to sedate him. Please pray for him as he is in his early 90’s, as well as the salvation of some of his family members.  3) Lastly, we ask your prayers for us this fall. In this part of the country, it seems that every weekend there is a gathering of people for a festival, fair, or football game. We are going to make every effort possible to try to be at most if not all of these events to preach the gospel and distribute gospel tracts. Please pray that the Lord will bless these endeavors, as well send us laborers to help us with these opportunities.

God Bless you all,

Ready, Set, Here we go.

We are a week away from Labor Day here in the USA and summer is almost over(although here is South Georgia it doesn’t feel like it.) Most kids are going back to school and people are preparing for the adventures that comes with that. Others are anticipating the relief from the heat, only to begin complaining about the cold and the abundance of leaves we have to rake. (We are indeed funny creatures). Some look forward to Autumn for other reasons such as hunting season, or football season. There is alot of stuff that starts up in the next month or so that people look forward to in this great country of our’s, but let me point out one more thing. What you will find all across this land as the weather cools off, is the same thing you see in the Spring, an abundance of fairs, festivals, parades, etc will be happening. Now, this may not be the case everywhere, but it is here in the Southeast. Also, down here, every Friday night high school football is the most populated event, and Saturday’s is college football.

You might wonder why I point this out. Well, I would like to encourage everyone reading this to make an effort to attend these events, not as participants, but instead as a representative of Jesus Christ preaching the gospel. Honestly, Brethren, I believe that we sin against, not just the Lord, but our fellow man, when such an opportunity is given to go and preach the gospel to folks when they are already congregated, and we chose instead to stay home. I think, if we go and make an effort to preach the glorious gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, if anything, we please the Lord by our obedience.

Now, I don’t know what is scheduled in your town, county, or region, but I encourage you to look it up. (Welcome to Google) Look, I understand that you have plans, we all do, but are your plans really more important than telling sinners how to be saved? Doubt it. Some may think that another will go in their place and the job will get done, but that is not the case. The one who goes, goes in their own place, not your’s. Your place is still missing. Have we joined the Lord’s Army to sit at  the house, or have we not received our marching orders?

Let me ask you a question? If a missionary was to come to your church, and presented his calling to preach the gospel in an area depleted of God’s Word, plant churches, and train men for the ministry, would you be in agreement that what was desiring to do was honorable and necessary? Sure you would. Now, what if at the the end of the presentation, the missionary announced that he was coming to your town? Would you still be in agreement with his calling, or would you think to yourself that there already is a good church there(the one you are sitting in)? Would you think that this guy is confused, and would you try to straighten him out? Sure you would. So then the fellow apologizes, and packs up and heads out. Now what?  You go home and and still claim that preaching the gospel is not your thing, while you sit on your couch? What a shame. God put you in a location, not to take up space, but so you could preach the gospel to those people there.

Now some may say, that I should stop writing posts like this to encourage folks to get busy for Christ, because there was a time in my own life that I was not obedient to the orders of my Lord myself. While I agree that in times past, I myself was slothful in my business for my saviour, I do not intend to stop trying my hardest to encourage others in this great work. I realized myself(much to my shame) that my idleness in the preaching of the gospel was sinful and I repented of that SIN and now try to be as faithful as I can to tell others about the saving grace of Christ Jesus our Lord, and to provoke my brethren to love and good works(which is inclusive of preaching the gospel)

The reason, festivals, fairs, football games, etc, are such a great place to preach is because the people are already assembled. Why not Preach to them? It is a no-brainer. So this fall, get on Google and find out where the people are, get some tracts, and get busy. Encourage those around you to also get busy, and maybe, like the apostles, we can turn the world upside down.

Radio Adventure — Round 2

As many of you know, I was previously a guest on the Save the Youth Radio Program for Diana Reed. In order to be on the show, I had called in. Mrs Diana Reed asked me again to be on the show, this time she wanted me to come to the studio to do it in person. for some reason, she has taken a real liking to me and our church. I have attached the recording for your pleasure.

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The New Cross – – A W Tozer

I thought this was a pretty good read when someone gave it to me. Thought everyone may enjoy it.

A. W. Tozer, “There has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before. The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam’s proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually. The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the religious product is better. The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.” To the egotist it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.” To the thrill seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.” The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public. The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross. The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more. The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is no commutation and no escape. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear or beautiful to the eyes of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life. That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die. We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in God’s just sentence against him. What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God’s stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die. Having done this let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ. To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of approval upon this message from Paul’s day to the present. Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers, the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to God’s approval. Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power. (A. W. Tozer, Man, the Dwelling Place of God, 1966)

Letter to the Editor(Brunswick Newspaper)

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Recently I was reading the newspaper the other Sunday Evening after church (OK, I was reading the comics really) After I finished the comics, I decided to take a look at the front page and realized that they had put some funy papers there as well.

Here is the Front page article. To summarize it, the article basically reads that the church is not in a decline but instead is growing and doing great. The article quotes “pastors” in our community who say that the reason there is a conflict over Gay marriage is because the churches are being disagreeable and need to be more accepting. These guys say that the church needs to be more loving and accepting of the world. Read it for yourself. Well, I wrote a response because I wanted folks to know that the some of us have not sold out to compromise. They published my response in the Letters to the Editor. I have received some response from folks in the community(both good and bad). Please pray for our city, community, nation, and this world that they might see the truth and be saved.

July Prayer Letter

Below is our prayer Letter for the month of July 2015. your prayers are coveted and if there is a need to which you would like remembered in pray please post in the comments as well.

July 2015

Dear Praying Friends,

Praying that the Lord is blessing you all in your service for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The month of July has been very eventful for us.  Here in coastal Georgia this time of year, it gets to be dreadfully hot (the humidity does nothing to help the issue either), and it seems to rain almost every afternoon. This constant rain has thrown a wrench in a few of the ministries that we are trying to do, but we are working around these issues best way we can. I try to go door-knocking a few times a week, and recently have been caught in the rain a couple times. A few times, I was able to beat it and get back to shelter, but this definitely keeps it interesting.

Last week, after preaching for almost an hour at St Simon’s Island, the rain popped up out of nowhere. We did not have time to get back to the vehicles, so we found shelter under the roof on the pier with about 150 other people. Once under there, the rain and wind were pretty fierce. We looked around and realized that these people weren’t going anywhere, anytime soon, so Bro Mike Alford, then myself, stood on the bench and preached the gospel to a captive audience. A policeman was about 6 feet away from us when we were preaching and did not tell us to stop. It was quite an experience, and we thank the Lord for this opportunity. That night we also had the opportunity to give the gospel to 2 different people personally. Please pray the Lord will continue to bless this ministry.

This month, we had a great work day at the church house. We did a bunch of tree trimming that we have been needing for some time. Us men (mostly Bro Ed Holton and Bro Carl Page) really kicked it in gear and got the trees looking good. Bro Mike and I did a really good job of supervising(just being funny, of course we helped with hauling limbs to the burn pile) The ladies brought us all lunch and we had a great time of fellowship while trying to accomplish these repairs and maintenance that is needed here. Praise the Lord for folks who are willing to get involved and work on these projects.

We also had an opportunity come up for us to be able to put brochures for our church with the gospel in them in the welcome centers in our county. This was provided free of charge as long as we provided the brochures. We are praying the Lord will use this to reach folks with the gospel as well as encourage some folks to come out and visit the church. We have also signed up for a service that provides us with the names and addresses of all new residents to our county. We are sending these brochures to these new residents in the mail, and trying to follow up by knocking on their doors. There are usually a lot of new residents and it is difficult to reach all them in person, so these mailers will work for the time being. Please pray that the Lord will use these brochures in both the welcome center and in the mail to reach folks for Christ.

We also were able to go to the jail again in Nahunta, this time we were able to preach to the men. I was able to preach on judgment and Bro Darnell Robinson was able to give his testimony of how got saved in prison himself. (Bro Darnell is a brother from St Marys, Ga, who frequently goes with us to the Salvation Army and Street Preaching)  Please for this wonderful opportunity that folks may truly get saved.

In the month of August, we covet your prayers for a few upcoming things, 1) Starting this month, we will be going to Grace More nursing home to conduct services with the elderly that are there. When we went to tour the place, one of the residents was speaking with us and she was very excited to learn that we are going to be coming down there. She said “I have been praying that the Lord would send some people here to have church with us.” Please pray that the Lord will bless this work. 2) Also, on the 13th, 14th, and 15th we will be having a special meeting at our church. My pastor, Karl Baker, will be preaching the meeting for us. We have made fliers and have been trying to hand them out and hang them up all over town. Please pray the Lord will move on folks to come out and that our church will be encouraged by the preaching.

God Bless

Ken Seremak Jr

The Most Important Thing

In our churches today, the emphasis is put on so many different things. Unfortunately the things that are promoted the most are not always the most important. I am sure that many folks reading this will disagree, but that is fine, we are all entitled to our views, I will take the correct one, and you can..well… you get it.

From speaking with people, I have heard many different versions of what people believe to be the purpose of the church. Some have said that the important thing for us to do, is to worship the Lord in song, so they go about building choirs and hiring trained singers. They will spend hours practicing and put together special music in preparation for the next worship service. Sometimes their choir will even be good enough to go “on the road” and will travel to other churches to sing for them and bless them. There is nothing wrong or sinful about these activities, but they are not the most important element of Christianity.

Some other churches will give the preeminence of their ministry to Fellowships. Some churches are constantly having dinners on the grounds, and are always putting events together for folks to fellowship one with another. Some will schedule things like sport games where churches will play against one another with the intention of fellowship being the priority. Certain churches will preach that what folks need above all things is to make sure that the majority of their time is spent fellow shipping one with another and the members of these churches will spend several nights a week at one another’s homes playing games and having a grand time. There is nothing wrong or sinful about these activities, but they are not the most important element of Christianity.

There are other churches that are totally focused on special meetings. Some of these churches are always having a revival services or camp meetings. It seems that every time you turn around there is another special meeting happening to keep the adrenaline going. Some churches are only focused on keeping the camp meeting alive in the local church. If this is what these churches want to do, then that is fine. I guess there is nothing sinful about this, but it is not the the most important element of Christianity.

We could go on and on about the things that churches make a priority. Some of these things are great things, like prayer, bible doctrine, dress codes, etc. None of these things are wickedness. None of them are sinful, but none of them are the most important element of Christianity.

Now some of y’all reading this are sitting there thinking I am way out of line. You are thinking that some of the things I have mentioned are commanded by God for the Church to perform, and that is true.  How can things like Prayer and Bible Doctrine not be important? I did not say they are not important, I said they are not the MOST important issue in Christianity. Let me explain before you hang me in your gallows dear brethren:

The most important element in true Christianity is none other than Preaching the Gospel. It is the single most important activity given to the Church of Jesus Christ. The church is commanded to do it, encouraged to do it, and allowed to do it. Every other activity in Christianity is set up for the purpose of encouraging the church to perform this great and needful task.

When we are done with this life and the Lord takes us to the place prepared for us in the Father’s house, we will have the greatest of fellowship, we will have the best of dinner on the grounds(marriage supper of the Lamb), we will hear the heavenly choir singing for all of eternity, we will have the greatest of “camp meetings.”(all the shouting and excitement you can handle and more). Prayer? You will speak with the Lord face to face. The Bible? It is forever settled in Heaven(Psalm 119:89) Don’t worry about dress codes or modesty, the Lord himself will dress you in white raiment. But in Heaven there will be one thing missing that you are commanded to do here and that is to Preach the gospel to a lost and dying world. When you are in Heaven, tell me who you will preach to? The lost? They won’t be there.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good song service. We have a great time at our church. I love the fellowship with saints, and have been known to stay up till the wee hours of the morning having a good, clean time with other saints. But that is not the summation of Christianity. We have been given our orders. Those orders require us to preach the gospel to every creature. If all we do is fellowship with one another, we dishonor the charge we have been given. If all we do is sing about the saving grace and mercy of Christ, but never tell anyone about it, we have failed in our duties as soldiers of the Cross. You don’t just read your Bible and then go about your business, you read and study for the purpose of instructing others in the way they should go. We Pray that the Lord will strengthen us in our time here on the earth so that we can fulfill our commission. If we have a great revival service with the adrenaline of a thousand horses, but never walk out of the church house and tell a sinner how that he or she can be regenerated by he blood of Christ, have we accomplished anything profitable for our Savior?

Ecclesiastes 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 

Blast from the Past

I have attached the link here to a video I made over 3 years ago and posted to youtube. I was trying to rebuttal an atheist who had given 6 reasons(excuses) on why people become Born Again. I just watched this today and I got a good laugh out of it. As you notice somethings have not changed and some have. I obviously was not aware of how a mustache should look(Still an accusation made against me) If you notice in the left hand side of the picture behind me, my wife is holding the camera and you can see her reflection. Overall more entertaining than instructive, but I was young and without experience.(About like now) Enjoy.

What Advantage then hath the Church Kid

I have a topic I would like to address in this blog. I am not really sure how to do so in a manner as to not offend somebody, so be gracious, dear reader. I have been in church my whole life and have seen some incredible things on that short journey but what I want to discuss here is by far the most interesting to me. There seems to be a rivalry between 2 groups of people, 1st generation Christians(those that were not brought up in the church), and 2nd,3rd, 4th etc Generation Christians(those of us raised in the church)

I have watched this rivalry, and have only said a few things on rare occasions on this issue.(Every time, it was to rebuke my peers for their stupidity) I have heard preachers rail on “Christian kids,” that they don’t appreciate anything in Christianity because we have had it all handed to us.(This is true on many occasions unfortunately). I have had people tell me that no matter how hard I try, I will never be as good of a Christian as those that were saved out of the world. I have been told that we have no idea how good we have it and because of that we are all ungrateful. I have been told that unless a man was saved out of the world, he really can’t preach the gospel in it’s entirety because he don’t understand sin. I have tried to be a good sport through all this, understanding that most of it is a result of Jealousy. Simple logic shows this to be true, because all these folks then try to shelter their kids and give them a christian upbringing.

I have also seen my peers take the opposite approach. I have seen kids raised in church who think they are the best thing to have every entered the church. I have watched people raised in church glory in their righteousness and claim that they can do so much more for God without that unnecessary baggage that the other crowd out in the world has.  I have heard all sorts of silliness come from both parties and it is embarrassing at times to be around this stuff. Let me give my opinion on this issue.

First, the Bible says “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” and “There is none righteous, no not one.” This means everyone of us is on our way to hell if we do not trust in the forgiveness of sins offered by the blood of Christ. No  group of people has avoided this condemnation based on upbringing. Some of us had a really hard time seeing ourselves as sinners, because the outside was clean, but the inside was filthy, and some of y’all had other issues to deal with, but at the end we all had to come the same way.

As a kid raised in church, I have been told quite often that I have been given an advantage, and that is very true. I have learned the bible from a child, I have been sheltered from sin. When I close my eyes to pray, I see no graphic images that distract me. Some would give everything they have to get that advantage, and I personally thank the Lord regularly for blessing me with such an upbringing. But let me share some things that I struggled with that others may not. Having heard the Bible since my birth, I somehow came to the conclusion that I knew all that there was to know, so searching the scriptures is not easy. Having grown up in church, it is hard to differentiate between Baptist tradition and true Bible doctrine. We also know what we believe, but don’t ask us to prove it, why should we have to, the things we believe are simply facts of life to us. This may not seem like a huge deal, but you take all that and mix it with the self righteousness and pride that we fight daily and it is hard.

Now I don’t know what everyone else battles, but I really don’t want to hear about how great you thought the world was and how much fun you had while you were there.  You aren’t remembering right sir or ma’am. Don’t get up at church and tell everyone the details of your “wonderful” life in sin. If it so great, why are you here now? As a kid in church, when I heard the testimonies of folks who wanted to speak freely of sin, all it did was perk my curiosity. I believed them that the world was fun. When I was about 8 years old, my parents decided to not allow us to listen to the “Unshackled” radio program after I came to them and excitedly said ” I cant wait to grow up and get an awesome testimony so they will put it on the radio.” You may not agree that it was a good decision, but you are wrong. At 8 years old, I didn’t need to learn the details of drugs, drink, prostitution, or such like. One thing I really appreciate about my dad, is how he tells his testimony. He does not go into the details of sin before salvation, he spends more time talking about what Christ has done for him after conversion instead of all the specifics of his sin.(He does tell a little bit, but definitely includes tact)  He has gotten slack for it from some of the brethren, but I appreciate it.

Now let me say plainly that if you are saved from the world and some to Christ from the steeps of sins you do not have an advantage over “Christian kids” and VICE VERSA. We are all members of the same body. Don’t rebuke us because we have had it so good, that was not our doing, don’t chide us for being sheltered and uneducated on the sins of the world, don’t mock us for being naive to wicked things, and we will try to heed your warnings about the world. I may be simple concerning evil and for that thank you mom and dad, and you may be very savvy on how sin works and with that warn others before they leave and go there. Neither side has to be a lesser or a better Christian, we can all serve the Lord with a whole heart. Thank God for folks like Apostle Paul, Simon the Sorcerer, the woman at the well, and others, and at the same time thank the Lord for folks like Phinehas, Samuel, David, Timothy and more. We all have our place to fill and job to do. Let’s get busy.