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November 2014
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
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Biblical Repentance is Important

The following is by Pastor Buddy Smith, Malanda, Queensland <smiletex@bigpond.net.au>--

My study is a small room at the end of our garage, but I have a “window on the world” that lets me browse libraries around the world and study the works of wise men. My window is the good websites on the internet that offer sermon downloads, study helps, or books I have longed for.

I recently stumbled across two intersecting lines of Divine Providence. A book I had wanted to buy for forty years was reprinted and is now available at a good price, and the same day I saw the ad for the book I found a website that offered the book as a free download. The book is by Harry Ironside and is titled Except Ye Repent. You can download it or read it at http://www.wholesomewords.org/siteindex.html (a good website to bookmark.)

The doctrine of repentance has fallen on hard times in many churches. We preach much about faith, but are strangely silent on the subject of repentance. These two essential doctrines, repentance and faith, are the femurs of the body of Christ. By that I mean that they are the longest and strongest bones in our doctrinal skeleton. They are the load bearing framework of truth in our preaching that makes the long strides of evangelistic work possible. They provide the balance we need to stand against the wiles of the Devil. On these we run the race with patience. By these we bear one another's burdens. This is not to make light of the glorious gospel of Christ. Surely that is the heart of the body. Nor is it intended to ignore the authority of Christ as head of the church, But the femurs must be repentance and faith. Dr. Paul Brand once told of a man he examined who had no tibia in one of his legs. His foot was held in place by a brace he wore over the outside of his leg. So it is in the body of Christ, the loss of any part of our doctrinal skeleton will require us to replace it with an invention of man, and will impede our walk, our warnings, and our warfare. Fundamental churches are in dire need of sound, doctrinal preaching. In a world that resembles Ezekiel's valley of dry bones with all its scattered and lifeless philosophies, pastors who are committed to preaching the whole counsel of God display to men the skeletal framework of sound doctrine. There is a tendency, as Tom Malone once said, for modern churches to be composed mostly of jawbone and wishbone and lacking in backbone. It is only when we assemble the whole “skeleton” together, including the femurs of repentance and faith, that the life of the body of Christ can be what God intended.
So what about the doctrine of repentance? Is it only an Old Testament doctrine and no longer needed by the church? Is it a work for salvation? Is it the same as faith? Is it absent from the preaching of Christ and the apostles?

I see some very interesting sights as I look out my window on the world. I see men, good men, looking everywhere but in the Word of God for answers to these questions. It is this simple observation that troubles me. Isn't the man of God to look first to God by looking in the Scriptures for answers? Even without Harry Ironside's book, or anybody else's books or sermons, I should be able to dig out the truth about repentance by simply consulting a concordance and then studying every verse in the Bible on the subject. After all, in the words of the old black preacher, “The Bible sho' do throw a lot of light on that there commentary.

Repentance is not just an Old Testament doctrine. It is not a work for salvation and never was. It is a change of mind that involves a change of attitude toward myself, my sin, and my God. It is a change of mind that can no longer tolerate disobedience to God. It is as much a forerunner of faith as John the Baptist (with his clarion call for Israel to repent!) was to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is as inseparable from saving faith as John was from Christ. It is the continual experience of the saints, whether it is Job (42:5,6) or Peter, or Paul, or the Corinthian church members (II Cor. 7:8-11). It is as old as the book of Job and as new as the book of Revelation.

There are strange people on the streets these days. Body piercings and mutilations of every kind shock us speechless. But surely the worst mutilation of all is that of the body of Christ, scarred and twisted almost beyond recognition by pastors who are forever removing the doctrinal and structural framework of our faith. One of the Hollywood harlots of years ago is reported to have had two of her lower ribs removed in order to enhance her figure. We scoff at this mutilation and then turn a blind eye toward present day mutilation of the body of Christ. I visited one of these mutilated churches not long ago for an ordination service (never again!) The head elder preached his Calvinistic errors to a congregation of ecumenical hippies, old and young. The pianist, in his baseball cap and tattered jeans played his five note CCM chorus (of 25 verses) and the congregation waved their hands in the air and shouted hallelujah. Oh yes, and the candlesticks on the platform were filled with votive candles, burning brightly.

How did a Baptist church come to this mutilated distortion of the Christian faith? It's quite simple, somewhere along the way, the church did what teens are doing all over the world. The church decided it was stylish to mutilate the body by adding to or taking away from that “form of sound words” (2 Tim. 1:13) which is given us in the Holy Scriptures.

I suspect the world is watching to see how long we can remain standing after we have discarded the femur of repentance.

No church has ever stood for long or gone far on one leg.

Isn't it about time to go back to the Bible and get our other leg back?
(first published April 3, 2008) (Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org
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September 2014
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"Be Great, Serve" is our theme as a church for 2014. We thank God for a local church that is service oriented. MZBC strives first to serve our Lord, Savior, and King Jesus Christ in all that we do. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and...
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August 2014
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2014
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The month of August was a time for focusing on the fruit from the summer ministries. We were just weeks past MZBC Camp and MZBC Vacation Bible School. Pastor Tom Almanza, who oversees the youth department of our church followed up on the...
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July 2014
TUESDAY, AUGUST 05, 2014
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Matthew 16:18 says, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." God will build His church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it....
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June 2014
WEDNESDAY, JULY 02, 2014
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Mt. Zion Baptist Church is a place where God's people can serve. Summer at our church is the busiest time of the year. Many of our people take part in the two highlights, MZBC Camp and VBS. MZBC Camp 2014 successfully finished just days ago....
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Pastor's Corner (May)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
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2014 is passing quickly at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. We enjoy being busy and accomplishing our God given purpose to work with the teachable, reach the reachable, and to work with the rest. Operation Saturation officially started in the month of...
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Pastor's Corner (April)
MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014
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The youth took the evening service on March 30. We call this our Teen Service. They did an excellent job in providing the music, testimonies, and preaching that night. We believe in training the next generation. Our annual...
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Pastor's Corner (March 2014)
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014
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Pastor’s Corner (March 2014) The Travis Decker family visited Mt. Zion for about a week in the early part of March. They are missionaries that MZBC supports in Russia. As always, the fellowship was great and our church enjoyed the vivid...
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Pastor's Corner (February 2014)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
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On February 15, we enjoyed our annual Sweetheart Banquet as nearly 70 people braved the bad weather and enjoyed a delicious meal, followed with music by our orchestra and a pungent challenge from God’s Word. Couples were encouraged to visit the...
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