Destroying History may Cause it to Repeat Itself

 

History has always been something we wish in many ways we could change. When we look over our shoulder and back in time, we see there have been so many tragedies and even atrocities that we cringe at how depraved the character of mankind can be…especially to each other.

It is that same history that has taught us and brought us to where we are today as a culture and a civilized people. So many lessons learned, so many ways have been revised that we no longer are even willing to say and do many things which one time were both normal and socially acceptable. Our past serves as a reminder of all that was good and we continue to hold, cherish, and hopefully pass to the next generation…at the same time, our past serves as a monument to the declaration we make in our hearts to “NEVER AGAIN” allow prejudice, chauvinism, child-labor, land-grabs, genocide, or any other abandonment of the decency of law and order.

As Americans, we have stood against domineering and power-hungry regimes who would displace and even kill the people in their way of expansion. We learned that from some of our own historical mistakes. There is no way to go back and undo what history tells us we did, but we can do everything to make it as right as possible, and move forward as one nation under God with a commitment to NEVER AGAIN allow gluttonous land grabbing that displaces people and destroys their way of living. We as Americans are reminded of the ups and downs of our historical relationship to those who called this land “home” before those from the Eastern Hemisphere arrived. We are reminded through monuments, historical markers, and many documents and national sights…that this time in our history actually existed and we have come through some horrific lessons, many at the expense of each other along the way. The Native American, and the important role they have played in the shaping of this country and our culture, is not to be forgotten! We should have statues, and monuments, national sights, and reminders to never let a generation forget the good and the bad that has been used to bring us to where we are today. We use both the positive and the negative to teach us how to improve and be the civil culture that we are striving to be in this modern day.

Our country and culture has faced numerous opportunities to advance from our roots of ignorance and into this age of equality, acceptance, and tolerance. There was a time when women were not allowed to vote. This is a historical fact, but one we have learned to be a cultural mistake. It was normal for them to accept the fact, and even to debate and defend their erroneous positions, but as this nation progressed, we learned and determined to keep moving forward and out of the dark decisions of our past. We should have history lessons and speeches given that remind us of the failure of such a mindset…that keeps women as second rate citizens and withholds the basic right of voting from them because of their gender. We should make heroes out of those who championed for women’s rights. However, if the past is erased, we will never know what they stood for, nor why they were acclaimed as American heroes. Sometimes a monument or a historical marker reminds us of a darker side of our history, but we cannot ignore the fact that we the people used to be “that” as a country and a culture. If we are guilty of forgetting and intentionally erasing our history, then we set future generations up for failure in many of these same issues. If future generations do not see both sides of the issue, then they may default to the wrong side! This would bring about a replaying of history that NONE of us want to revisit.

Dominance and bigotry are nothing new, mankind has dealt with his fears and cruelties to one another for thousands of years. It is painfully true that our country once allowed slavery of one people group by another people group. What has become repulsive and refused by this generation was actually normal and acceptable by our forefathers, just a few years ago. When our country was founded, many of those whom we hold in high regard for the good they procured, were actually on the other side of some of these issues than we are today. Over time, some of them changed their minds and were brought into the light of Truth and even went against the normal thought line of their own generation. It wasn’t easy and it took some time before the nation, as a whole, embraced the truth that God created every man in His Own Image and we are ALL equal in His sight, thus we should be equal in each other’s sight as well. It took a horrible civil war to bring to a closure a horrible and dark chapter of our actual history. One that cannot be erased, but can be forgotten…if we do not do what it takes to remember and pass along to the next generation. Statues, historical markers, preservation of birthplaces, etc. are items of ALL of our heritage (whether we like it or not). If we think that by removing, desecrating, or destroying these things will make us better or erase our past…it is just not true…it’s just not going to make it go away. Although we, in this generation, would not support or even agree with many things our forefathers thought to be acceptable, it is a part of what made us who we are today…tolerant equals who respect and believe in each other and the future of this great country. We could not have learned this except from the years of both good and bad experiences and choices previous Americans made in our past…it’s our history. If we the people make the choice to remove, desecrate, and destroy the memorials and markers that tell the story of our history, then what will we have to motivate us to continue positive advancement or to keep us from making the same horrible mistakes again and again?

Removing a statue of someone because you see a dark side of our history doesn’t take away the bad or the good that they did, it only removes the opportunity for us to point the next generation in the right direction. You may see an individual portrayed by a monument as a reminder of an evil in our history, but it is also a reminder to “NEVER AGAIN” allow that particular evil to resurrect in our countries future.

NONE of us would agree today with many of the choices that were socially acceptable by the majority in those days (treatment of the Native Americans, lack of women’s rights, child labor, slavery, etc.) but they were definitive of us as a country and they served as highlighted points in our past that we grew to understand as morally wrong and now they are understood to be socially wrong as well.

Have we “arrived”? Are there no more injustices within the fabric of our culture? Can we say that we are morally and socially at the pinnacle of humanity? Has evil been eradicated? Certainly, the answer to all of these is a resounding “NO!”. Will there be a reason for a statue or a marker or memorial to be erected in your name or in my name for the difference we stood and brought to this great country? Will there be a future when someone reacts to that marker because they see you or me as not morally or socially advanced as they are? Will we not all realize that without the conflicts of moral and cultural differences, humanity cannot and will not move past what is currently socially acceptable behavior!?!

Somebody had to raise the point that the games within the Roman Colosseum were barbaric and morally wrong. Somebody had to raise the point that people fighting to the death or being eaten by lions was wrong and should be socially unacceptable behavior.   It worked! There are no government sponsored events like this anywhere in the world, today. However, there are artifacts and pieces of ancient history that have been preserved and serve as reminders of humanities grave and barbaric past. The atrocities of the concentration camps around the world remind us to never let anything like this ever happen again…EVER! How foolish would we be to tear down the Roman antiquities or remove any and all traces of these camps? How foolish would it be for us to close the Holocaust museums and keep that part of history so deeply covered that nobody ever discovers the deepest horrors of human history.

The same thing applies to our American history. We should leave standing the markers, statues, and memorials for future generations to see and decide that they want a brighter and more positive future for America than that which was handed to them. They can look at these intentional reminders of both the positive and negative choices made by our American forefathers in our group effort to attempt to bring the United States out of the dark past of racism, bigotry, and chauvinism into our modern day where we the people believe in social and cultural equality for all.

Those looking back on our decisions today will blame us for sure and hopefully learn from our mistakes. It would be great to see a day in America’s (hopefully near) future, when our education programs are successful, the stain of abortion is removed from our culture and not just our conscience. When racial equality is truly felt by all, not just for a select group of people. When there is no need for activism to lobby and march for the rights of American citizens. When there are no more clashes between citizens of this one nation because of the color of their skin. When every American trusts and respects the others and together we make a difference in a world who looks to us for moral and cultural leadership!

Who knows, maybe they will erect a statue of one of us from this generation who makes a culturally divisive stand against the evil that remains in our present day.… I hope that by then, nobody will tear it down because they don’t like you or me for some other reason that we can’t change because we are dead and gone.
 
 

Pastor Tony Jones

Faith Baptist Church

Walterboro, SC



Various Shades of Dirt

 

Genesis 2:7

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,…”

 

 

Recent tragedies in Charlottesville, VA compel me to write and make a public statement for the Glory of God.

 

 

Racism is evil! 

No matter what color you are, if you have hate in your heart for another person, you are wrong!  No matter what color we are, the truth is that God made no mistake when He decided to create us in His Image and in His Likeness.  It was His idea to make us in a variety of colors. 

 

 

Color does NOT equal character. 

No matter what color you choose to look at, there are plenty of good examples as well as bad examples for how we should live our lives.  The problem we face is NOT based on race or color, but is a direct result of SIN and people who will choose to follow the directives of the devil instead of listening to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
The Bible, (God’s Word), says, “For God so loved the

world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever

believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16. God loves EVERY single person He created.  There is not one person beyond the interest and love of God.  The devil, on the other hand, is a liar and a murderer, a deceiver, and a destroyer of lives.  When I look at riots of hate, marches of hate, retaliations of hate, injuries caused by hate, murders caused by hate…I KNOW it came from the devil and not from the Lord Jesus Christ!
We are ALL sinners and cannot say we are perfect in any way.  This does NOT give us reason to hate and despise one another because of what we see in or on each other.  The sin within mankind separates us from a proper relationship with God, and makes us ALL the same in His eyes…guilty of our

own sins.  While some express their sinfulness in ways that appall the rest of us, the fact remains…we are all sinners and in need of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  When God looks down from Heaven, He sees His creation living for themselves, abusing themselves, violating His Law, hating and hurting each other.  He sees SIN, NOT SKIN as the problem.  God created us all from the dust of the ground, and in reality, we are nothing but various shades of dirt

.  It is NOT the creative act of God nor the distinguishing marks of individuality that He gave us which causes Him grief, but the sinful hearts of mankind who choose our own ways instead of repentance and surrendering our lives to Him.
Jesus loves you, and He loves those who hate you.  Jesus loves ALL the little children of the world… they are precious in His sight! 

YOU are precious in His sight!

Turn to Him today and be forgiven forever!  Together we MUST stand and refuse to let hate creep into our community and destroy our families the way it is destroying so many today.  If you have hate in your heart, give it to Jesus.  He bled and died so you could be free from the bondage and slavery of hate.  Trust Jesus to change your heart and life that you may live for His Glory instead of for the pleasure of the devil.

 

Genesis 2:7

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,…”

 

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In His Service,

Pastor Tony Jones

I Corinthians 1:27

 


“FRIEND” of the world…or “FRIEND” of God?

What would God’s “FRIEND” list look like?

James 4:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God

The Apostle Paul gives us some identifying factors in Galatians 5:19-21, that says,

19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

For this post, I want to address verse 19 specifically.

19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,”

  • The WORKS – acts, the actions, the deed or thing done
  • of the FLESH – the sensuous nature of mankind…the base and natural cravings
  • are MANIFEST – instantly apparent, evident, known,  to be plainly recognized or known
  • which are THESE  – Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness…

ADULTERY – any unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another

The LAW is not the laws of man or the opinions of man, but the LAW of God Almighty.  It is He Who said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”

When a man or a woman begin cultivating a relationship with someone else’s spouse, they are treading on thin ice!  I recently saw this very scene play out in my own community. A “preacher” spent way too much time “counselling” with a woman who was married…only to end up seeing her divorce her husband of nearly 20 years and to begin a public relationship with him instead! They want to call it opinion or judging when you call their adultery “sin”, but God already identifies them for what they are…an ADULTERER and ADULTERESS! They care not what the Bible says or even the shame they bring to their pastor or to their local church (the Bride of Christ). As long as he can keep his radio “ministry”, “jail ministry”, and has a preacher or two who will agree with his wicked adultery.  The Bible becomes an irrelevant book that can be picked over for the things he wants to hear.  What a shock the Judgment of God will bring, when the Author of the 10 Commandments calls him to give account of his careless lusts and rendering of the Bible as null and void.

Sadly, other “Christians” can be seen online “liking” and commenting on their picture they have posted together.

I refuse to be silent or “let it die” when I know that GOD HATES ADULTERY!!!

FORNICATION – ANY illicit/unlawful sexual behaviour (pre-marital, extra-marital, sodomy, pornography, bestiality, etc.)

Again, the Law is the LAW of God Almighty.  He is the Creator and the ONLY One Who has the “right” to say so in ANY of our lives. When we live without boundaries and sin is reclassified as opinion and personal choice, then you leave the door open for every wicked illicit and immoral action, which God still calls SIN!

It used to be common place for Men of God to preach the Word of God against such wickedness, and to discipline those within the church who lived guilty of these sins.  Now, maybe if we don’t say anything, then maybe we won’t have to deal with it…and maybe it will go away.  It WILL NOT go away!

UNCLEANNESS – beginning in the mind, drifting to the motives, ending up in the manners of men who have strayed away from the LAW of God.

Secret sins are still sin, and it may surprise you to know that your sin may NOT be as “secret” as you think. God has a way of exposing the sins you thought were covered. Unclean thoughts, unclean motives, unclean fantasies, unclean behavior…as the leper of old…your life cries “UNCLEAN…UNCLEAN!!!”

LASCIVIOUSNESS – looseness, lessening of the standards, unbridled lifestyles, basically doing what is “right” in your own eyes

Here’s where it all begins.  A loosening of the standards…a lessening of the importance of Biblical holiness.  People begin living their life as if it was just that, THEIR LIFE! When pastors become puppets and will not act upon the Word they preach, or even more disturbing, they don’t even preach against it anymore. Turn your head, but God STILL sees the sin. Remain silent, yet God’s Word STILL speaks against lascivious lives. When there is no “fire” from Heaven or “power” in the preaching, there is no fear of God in the people. Then men tend to drift back into the ways they learned in “Egypt”. Churches are lulled to sleep and everyone forgets what the Bible says.

Forgetting what the Bible says seems to be the normal thought process of many in our day.

FORGET what the Bible says about ADULTERY, and they go ahead and break their covenant vows

FORGET what the Bible says about FORNICATION, and they live together, carousing around like animals

FORGET what the Bible says about UNCLEANNESS, and they plot and plan their wicked immorality (some let filthy pornography build for them a fantasy world and they keep a polluted mind)

FORGET what the Bible says about LASCIVIOUSNESS – and they quote verses, post pictures of Christmas scenes, love their “Family First” and fornicate, curse, living completely polar opposite of the Bible, having it “their way”.

What continues to be the greatest heartbreaker of all is the fact that so-called “Christians” will continue to “LIKE” their pictures, “FOLLOW” their timelines, and stay “FRIENDS” with those who have, by their lifestyles, “UNFRIENDED” and “UNFOLLOWED” God.

James 4:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

I am NOT ASHAMED of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I cannot be silent about those who are polluting the Gospel with their wicked lifestyles!  The world EXPECTS for us to be different from what they are!  You could expect this kind of immoral behavior from the bar crowd and the club crowd, but these are “spots in your feast”.  These are they who live among us and pollute the community with their hypocrisy, immorality, and their lies. Whether they are “preachers”, “missionaries”, “families who are NOT submitted to the local church”, SIN is STILL SIN!

God KNOW who you are…and so do YOU.

God WILL take care of you!



Don’t “Duck” the issue…SIN is SIN

The attacks on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson are just a sad tip of the iceberg our culture has wrecked upon.

The Word of God said (a long time before any of us formed our opinions) that sin was sin and that although God loves sinners…He hates sin!  The Holy Bible lists on several occasions certain specific sins that God especially identifies as those He despises the most. It’s not always sexual or immoral sins that make it to God’s list of those sins He hates.  God hates pride, God hates lying, God hates the murder of the innocent, God hates wicked fantasies, God hates how quickly sin is embraced, God hates the dishonest gossip of liars, and God hates it when discord disrupts the harmony of unity.(Prov. 6:16-19)

Before some of you gobble up this list and wave it in the face of those who stand with God against sin, you better think twice!  God does NOT expect for me or anybody else to sit back and pretend that you are not in sin.  God does NOT expect for me to sit back silently while immoral and ungodly people flaunt their sinful lifestyles in the face of God, His Church, and the Community where they live.  God doesn’t think it’s cute that you can live in open immorality and post quips and quotes of God’s love and Christmas on your social media sites.  God’s Word calls you a double minded and unstable man.

The WORST part is that it’s not just mainstream media and other celebrities who will readily accept sin as normal and even desirable behavior. Many of you who attend Fundamental Baptist Churches have lowered your standards and have given Satan a place where he can comfortably flee when he is resisted by those who will point out sin as they see it infiltrate their church, family, or community.  I am amazed at the so called “Christians” who continue to “Follow”, “Friend”, or “Like” these immoral men of reprobate minds.  Somehow you leave the impression that maybe “birds of a feather DO flock together”.

Somehow, many “Christians” have swallowed the idea of our wicked culture, that if you say anything about or against sin…then you are the one who is doing the wrong!  How ridiculous of an idea that would simply silence the pulpits and make mute the pews, while sinful men continue their lascivious behavior.  I refuse to be silent when the souls of men, women, boys, and girls are lost and continue to be confused by the immoral and ungodly lifestyles of those who use the Cause of Christ for their own gain or convenience!

Amen Phil!

Keep it in perspective. Love the sinner…hate the sin! Pass them through the Cross of Calvary, and the sin will be washed away and the sinner saved for all of eternity!



What We Believe

What We Believe…
Our Doctrine
INTRODUCTION
The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it to be perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of FBC flows from God's Word. For a more detailed account and description of our doctrine, feel free to request a doctrinal statement from the church office.
SCRIPTURE

We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. For reasons of unity within the church and because of it's textual reliability, we choose to use the King James version of the Bible.

I Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21 

 

SOVEREIGN GOD
God is a Person, eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, – three Persons and yet one God.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 26:19, I Corinthians 8:6

SON
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a sinless man to redeem us. He was born of a virgin and is true God and true man.
Luke 1:30-55, John 1:1-15, Philippians 2:5-8

SERVICE
The local church is a group of believers baptized by water, banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission; preaching the Gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15, I Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 1:22-23

SIN
Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death; but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race with an inherited sinful nature.
Genesis 2:16, Genesis 3:16-19, Romans 3:10-23, Romans 6:23

SACRIFICE OF CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically arose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven. Simple faith in this sacrifice is the only way of salvation for mankind.
Luke 24, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 5:8-10, I Peter 3:18

END TIMES
Jesus Christ Himself will soon come again in the air to catch up His Church to reward their service. The unbelievers left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ will return to the Earth to set up His Kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule. After this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord.

Matthew 24:29-42, I Thessalonians 4:16-18, Revelation 19:11- 20:13

Pastor Tony Jones and his wife Amanda cordially invite you to attend one of our upcoming services!