Right division vs Bible chopping.

By James Dixon

For those of you familiar with it. Two words: STAY AWAY.

For those of you that are not familiar with it, when you DO hear of it. STAY AWAY from it.

What “Right division” amounts to is simply repackaged Bullingerism, a 150 year old heresy that that was made popular by E.W. Bullinger. Darby and Scofield continued in it. Scofield “study bibles” and doctrine permeate our churches and seminaries today.

E.W. Bullinger’s grand father was a man named Heinrich Bullinger, a big fan of John Calvin, who was another notorious heretic of Heinrich’s day.

Read up on it. It is doctrinal poison, and an eschatological house of cards. It amounts to doctrinal “nothing burger” that will not add one inch to the stature of a serious student of scriptures. It creates more division and confusion in understanding the Bible.

I have been down the “Right division” road. Studied it. Examined it. Tested it. I have even been to one of their “conferences”. Won’t be at the next one. Nor the next.

Today, it is oft referred to as “the grace movement” “rightly dividing” “mid acts” “right division” etc. They love to stand on 2 Tim 2:15.

I have met a half dozen or so of its biggest promoters, in person. I have watched them preach.

In my judgement, few of them have any discernment at all. They don’t realize it, but they are simply parroting what they have been indoctrinated with, most of which are long standing heresies. They have no doctrinal shoes of their own to wear.

It’s teachers all seem to be looking for an audience and a podium. Vain glory.

Because of their strange doctrines, many are rejects from their home churches, so they start “house churches” and plan and attend “gatherings”, and “conferences” to recruit.

To their credit, as far as I know, there is no charge to listen to them, but to attend their marathon preaching/teaching sessions, you will have to spend a buck or two to rent a room for a weekend or so, unless they happen to be coming to a town near you, which was how I managed to catch one of their “conferences”.

They get pretty ugly when challenged. Steve Atwood accused me of not being saved. Another lady basically had a meltdown and accused me of being a hell bound demon after I confronted her heretical doctrines. NOT the behavior of a saint, but I digress.

While no doubt as well intentioned as they are ignorant, basically what “right dividers” do is over complicate the Bible, placing undue and unnecessary “divisions” and distinctions in the Bible where none exist. An unnecessary burden of understanding accompanies it.

It evolves into a pigeon hole doctrine that gets worse and worse. As the “right divider” progresses into the doctrine, they “refine” it, if you will.

Some will narrow it down and start to deny Paul’s authorship of Hebrews. Paul dictated the letter to Timothy.

Some go further, and narrow their doctrines to only 13 books of the Bible, “Paul’s Epistles” or “The thirteen Pauline Epistles” (Paul wrote at least 14 epistles).

Still others go even further and accept only Paul’s four “prison epistles” as “the doctrine for the church today.”

I have saw some that totally dismiss water baptism, and the Lord’s supper as a “thing of the past”, “does not apply to the church today”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Heretics. They create a doctrine and a church far removed from what the Lord Jesus intended in past or present churches.

They are as legalistic about NOT baptizing, and NOT taking the Lord’s supper, as the Catholics are that require both. They lack understanding.

I often call this strain of right divider “Dry cleaners”, as I call myself a wine bibbing, cracker eating, all wet, Independent Baptist.

“Right division” also has an element of Calvinism in it.

I have noticed in “right division”‘s most extreme form, they would have you believe that if you were not saved under “Paul’s gospel”, scripture from his epistles alone, you are not saved at all. A well known heretic, Jean Calvin, also taught that in his institutes.

Logically, such a doctrine as this amounts to nonsense. Taken to its logical conclusion, you’ll have to forget that John 3:16 conversion experience, and go back and have someone preach from Paul’s epistles so you can make another altar call for salvation.

For the Calvinist, the logical sum total is that no one was saved until Calvin came along and wrote his institutes. Ridiculous.

For me, that would mean after 40 years of being saved, I would have to go back for a “do over”, because the preacher was NOT preaching from Paul’s epistles when I got saved. He was preaching from John 3:16 when I responded to the love of Jesus and was saved by his grace.

I guess no one got saved before Paul came along. Again, Calvinism ends with this same foolish, cult mentality.

I am not pushing my pet interpretations or doctrines here, and it is not a salvific issue. But “right division” will drive a wedge between you and your church, and your fellow believers. In the end, it will leave you confused, and stunt your doctrinal growth as a Christian.

Mark and avoid these teachers.

While their doctrines are bad enough, their METHODOLOGY and eschatology is even worse, and their greatest error. And as mentioned before, that error rooted in Bullingerism and dispensationalism. Trouble is, most don’t realise it.

The greatest foundational error of “right division,” as it’s commonly called today is this:

Instead of looking for HARMONY and agreement in the Bible, and the scriptures, they cherry pick and contrast perceived “differences” in the scriptures and “divide”, and separate them. In most cases there are none there. They approach the Bible with pre suppositional biases, and draw out what supports their doctrines.

In most cases “divisions” and “differences” are simply a matter of interpretation. They are not there, and if there IS a difference, it doesn’t amount to beans anyway. Nothing in the doctrines are worth being right about.

They also make a big deal about Paul, Why? I do not know. Most don’t know beans about Paul either. Paul’s foundational doctrines were no different than the ones before him. (see Acts 26:22-23)

Christ is not divided. ALL of his prophets and apostles shared the same fundamental doctrines. Be not deceived. Look for HARMONY throughout the scriptures. In closing, again, mark and avoid these false teachers.

God bless you!

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The seven fold harvest of the first resurrection 2/16/19

The order of the first resurrection harvest:
IS 26:19 19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. -first harvest, the firstfruits, refers to Matt 27;52-53,
Isaiah 42: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. The “prison” was sheol, Abraham’s bosom. -first harvest-first fruits of the barley. Matt 27:52-53.
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Matt 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Harvest 1. First fruits of the Barley harvest.

This verse is commonly used as a “proof text” to counter the 7 fold harvest doctrine. Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. So logically, depending on how you interpret it, David was still in the grave after Matt 27;52-53. This proves nothing except that David obviously did not rise with the saints in Matt 27:52-53, and will rise at the next harvest in 1 thess 4:16, “the dead in Christ shall rise first” ( harvest 2.)
The rising of the saints in matt 27:52-53 says “many bodies”, not “all”. Again, it proves nothing, and cannot annul the logical sum total of the verses here.
Eph 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) (harvest 1)
1 Cor 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. Notice the word “slept”. Slept is PAST tense. (KJV) “I slept late this morning” logically means I am awake now. (Harvest 1). Pesach.

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

1 Thes 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: the second and third harvests occur almost simultaneously. (harvest 2). End of the barley, firstfruits of the wheat.
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (Harvest 3)
Two things are happening here. First the resurrection of the NT dead, and those not raised (if any) in Matt 27:52-53.
This resurrection event is the main barley harvest.. The next event immediately is the rapture. The rapture is the first fruits of the wheat , Shavout, which means to call out. Pesach and Shavout have come. Succoth is next. (Three main jewish High holy days, and harvest periods).

Jesus takes a break during the wedding feast in heaven in revelation 19, and briefly leaves, to prepare the way for his bride and her mother Naomi. He puts an end to the antichrist.

After the tribulation begins, two prophets will preach on the streets of Jerusalem for 3.5 years. Millions and millions of muslims and Jews will be saved across the world during this time. If one lives outside Israel the first three and half years of the tribulation, they won’t live long as a Christian. In Israel however, there will be little persecution because of a peace treaty the beast has made with Israel. But at the mid point, the two prophets are killed, they are called olive trees, so logically this is the olive harvest, and I don’t believe it is only two men.

It stands to reason that those they won to the Lord and were killed in their 3.5 year ministry would be called Olives, and it is MY belief (can’t prove it) that the other olives, saints killed in the tribulation up to this point, will also rise with the two prophets 3.5 days later.

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. On to the next harvest, the wheat.

Revelation 21:2-3 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The tribulation begins. The two prophets come and preach on the streets of Jerusalem. They are killed after three and one half years. Then they are resurrected.
Rev 11;11-12 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. (This is the fourth crop of the harvest). More saints are killed later on in the tribulation.Rev 14:15-16 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. Saints killed after the olive harvest at the mid point of the tribulation are raised. These also attend the wedding feast. This is the fifth harvest. On to the sixth, the grapes.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. These are living UNBELIEVERS killed at Armageddon. This is the sixth harvest. Six is the number for sin and man. The end is almost here, more believe, and more saints are killed in the interim after the wheat and the return of the Lord with all his saints. (1 Thess 3:13)

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13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Here is immediately following Armageddon. Jesus, having told his saints to go into their chambers until the indignation is past, comes for them after his wrath is complete. IS 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. (harvest 6)
I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. IS 63:3. This is a reference to Armageddon, and the day of the Lord. This is the grape harvest of unbelievers. This is the anti Christ army and government. Harvest 6.

Rev 20:4-6 here are the gleanings of the wheat harvest, the final company of saints of the first resurrection. These are people that believed and were killed for their faith after the harvest of the wheat. This is the last of the harvests of the first resurrection. 7 is the number of completion and perfection. This is the seven fold harvest of the first resurrection. That is for another study.

revetion 19. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. (harvest 6)
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. Matt 13;39

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If you could lose salvation

Ferry road Baptist church 2/10/19
Understanding, explaining and Defending Eternal security of the believer:

People that reject eternal security do not understand what they read, and they have a false, inaccurate view of God, and his unconditional love.

“Once saved always saved” is a foundational doctrine to our church.

As church members, it is paramount that we all understand OSAS, be able to explain it and defend it.
If you could lose salvation, Jesus lied to us. John 3:16-17, John 6:37, John 10:28, and many other places.
John 3:16-18 16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 6:37: 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 10:28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

If you could lose salvation, these scriptures, and many others would all be lies. There is no mention of works or good deeds in any of those scriptures. Are we accountable? Of course we are. We all will give an answer for every idle word, but not in regards to salvation, but rewards.

If you could lose salvation, logically you would need to know what standard of righteousness is required to keep from losing it: Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom: 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Fallen man cannot save himself apart from the blood of Jesus, and nothing he can do has any intrinsic value concerning salvation.

If you could lose salvation, you would only be saved from one prayer to the next sin. 1 John 5:17, 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. James 2:10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 0

A logical dilemma of conditional salvation:
If you could lose salvation, just think: One could live an ENTIRE life of faithfulness and righteousness, and good works, only to fail in the end, and die in sin, and go to hell. Heb 6:10, 1 Tim 4:8, Rom 3:11.

Conditional salvationists believe our PAST sins are forgiven, but not future. Friend, Jesus died 2000 years ago, ALL sins are future. 1 cor 5:19, 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Heb 7;25, 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Heb 6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

If you could lose salvation, logically, and in all fairness, you would need to know several things:
1>What standard of righteousness must I maintain to KEEP salvation. No one has ever told me
2>What standard of Unrighteousness is required to LOSE salvation. No legalist has ever told me.
3>Who decides? No legalist has ever told me.
4> How do I know one way or the other? No legalist has ever told me, except to say it is based on the “warm fuzzy”.
5>What would be the protocol to get it back, if it is possible to get it back? Heb 6:10 says we can’t get it back if we lost it.

If you could lose salvation:
You would have license to sin. Just get prayed up good afterwards.
Basically what it amounts to is you can pretty much do as you please as long as you “repent” and get prayed up good afterwards.
You would not know whether you are saved until judgement day.
Hope you don’t forget to confess a sin. Read Gal 5, Gal 6
List of verses that appear to contradict OSAS:
John 1:9, James 2:14-16, 17, 2:26. I Cor 6:10, 2 Tim 2:12, 13.
John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Verses legalists throw at us to make us unsure:
James 2:14-16 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? This is simply speaking in the context of a believer to another believer.
Credit for good works only counts for a BELIEVER in regards to his REWARD in heaven. Works cannot in any way justify a man concerning salvation.
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (True religion is to feed the poor, living up to our high calling)

James 2:17-20 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Again, how can folks know you are saved if you do not show it by your works. James is simply telling believers to get off their duff and put their faith to work. This entire exchange is not in regards to keeping salvation.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (concerning a believer. Folks know you are saved by what they see you do. This justifies a man to OTHERS)
2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: Meaning if we are believers we will suffer. A believer that denies Jesus will NOT be denied by Jesus. An unbeliever logically has denied Jesus, and will be denied by him.
2 Tim 2:13 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. (addressing a believer, like Peter, that denies Jesus).

Rest in his grace. Rest in his love. And share his love with others.

Next study will be bout the error of dispensationalism and its effect on the churches the last 150 years 10/24/19

Conditional salvation: The legalists dilemma

The conditional salvationist’s dilemma:

“I am forgiven for PAST sin, but not future. So, it follows that I am saved only from one prayer to the next sin. And I hope I don’t forget about a sin come prayer time. And I hope I don’t die suddenly with unconfessed sins on my account, or in a sinful addiction. The best case scenario for me is to pass in my sleep after prayers”

ok. Got it.

Ferry Road Baptist Church doctrinal statement and beliefs

As written and read to the congregation 1/27/2019 by James Dixon/Church Moderator/Teacher, after the passing of our Pastor.

What we believe and teach:
Our core doctrines are traditional Independent Baptist: Jesus Virgin birth, The Trinity, The Deity of Christ, His literal death, burial and resurrection, and salvation through his sacrifice by God’s grace through faith alone. IS 7:14, Jn 5:7, Matt 28:19 1, Heb 1:8, IS 53:1-12, Luke 24:5-6 Luke 23:46, Eph 2:8-9.
We believe in the Trinity as being three distinct, separate, unique entities embodied and manifest in the person of the man Jesus Christ. Jesus being the second person of the godhead, the creator of all things, who has always been with the Father, and always will be. He is the visible image of the invisible God, the express image of God’s person. He is fully human, fully God. Fully flesh, fully divine. He is the only means or hope of salvation for anyone. We believe that Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, shed His blood on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power. Jn 5:7 John 1:1 Mark 1:10-11, Col 1:15, Col 1:16, John 14:6 -John 1:1-3,14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11.

We believe and teach eternal security of the believer: Commonly called once saved, always saved. A believer should be encouraged by God’s love for him, and motivated and restrained by love and gratitude to God. A rebellious believer will suffer in the flesh, and can be chastened by the Lord, up to the point of death, or he may have a shortened life because of his rebellion, to include loss of rewards at his judgement. Saul and Onan or examples of such. We believe once a person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, he no longer has a choice concerning salvation. He is bought with a price and sealed forever. 1 Chr10, 1 Cor 5:5. Jn 10:28 1 Cor 6:20.

Salvation: We believe salvation has always been, and always will be by God’s grace, through faith in the shed blood of Jesus, without the works of the law, or deeds of righteousness. Eph 2:8-9 Jn 3:16

Grace through faith alone: We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY way and only means of salvation for anyone today, and that grace through faith alone, without works or good deeds has always been, and always will be the only way of salvation. Salvation by grace through faith alone is found throughout scripture, old and New Testament, and Paul refers to Old Testament saints as examples of such. John 14:6, Heb 11, Rom 4, Eph 2:8-9.

We believe a believer is bought with the blood of Jesus. There are no refunds. You cannot un kill the Lamb or return the shed blood of Jesus. It is impossible for a believer to lose salvation or go to hell. John 10:28-30, 1 Cor 6:20, 1 Cor 5:5, Rom 4-6, Eph 2:8-9, Heb 6:10, and many other places.

Profession of faith: A public profession of faith before the church is NOT a requirement for salvation, but it is required for church MEMBERSHIP. That said, if one wants to make absolutely sure of his salvation, in Jesus words, “Therefore, everyone who professes me before men, him I will confess before my Father who is in heaven.” Matt 10:32.

We place no pressure on anyone to make a public or private declaration of faith to be saved. We believe a profession of faith is the RESULT of repentance and a changed heart. Outward profession is merely a sign of inward possession of the Holy Spirit. God knows them that are his. 2 Tim 2:19.

Judgement and rewards: We believe it is impossible for a believer to lose salvation, but we are accountable, and all will give account for our lives to God, for the good and the bad at our judgement to determine rewards, if any. Scripture clearly tells us there are rewards and crowns, and “inheritance” for martyrs and saints that do well in the faith. Heb 6:4, Romans 14:12, 2 Cor 5:10, 1 Cor 3:15, 2 Tim 4:8 and many other places.

Hell: We believe hell is a real place, the abode of the dead unbeliever, burning with fire and brimstone, in the heart of the earth, with the lake of fire in revelation 20:14 being the final destination for the unbelievers. We firmly believe Luke 16 is a literal, true account of an actual event. We believe those in hell, including the rich man, will be called up at the great white throne judgement, judged, condemned, and then cast into the lake of fire. Rev 20:14, Rev 14:10-11 Luke 16:19-31 and many other places.

The First Resurrection: We reject the prevailing Schofield interpretation concerning the first resurrection. We hold to a sevenfold harvest patterned after the Jewish harvest. That being the first fruits in Matt 27:52-52, (IS 26:19,1 Cor 15:20, Eph 4:8),barley in 1Thess 4:13, the first fruits of the wheat (rapture) in 1Thess 4:17, then olives in Rev 11:11, wheat in Rev 14:16, followed by the grapes, (unbelievers at Armageddon). Rev 14:19, and finally the gleanings of the harvest in Rev 20:4-6.

Soul sleep: Paul said: “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”, meaning the spirit and soul of the saved go to God, who gave it, while the body of the dead returns to dust and the earth, awaiting glorification and resurrection just prior to the rapture of the church. Jesus committed his spirit to God at the cross, and we see souls under the altar in Rev6. 1Thess 4:13-17, Luke 23:46, Matt 17:3, rev 6:9, rev 20: 4-6.
Tithes and offerings: We believe one should give cheerfully, but only what he can easily afford. Per Paul’s instructions “As the Lord has prospered you”. The amount of an offering is left strictly up to the believer and his conscience. We are not going to guilt anyone into giving. Time and service devoted to the church are more valuable and significant than money in the offering plate. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He does not need your money. “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”, Pay your bills before you give to the church. Lastly, the Lord says “if thy hath anything against thy brother, first go and be reconciled to him, and then bring thy gift to the altar”.
If you don’t have a clear conscience, don’t give. Go reconcile.
We don’t pass the plate here, we have an offertory box on the way out for anyone desiring to give.

This is God’s house, this is his property, not a business. Any offering should be non-compulsory, private, and what one can easily afford. Pledge cards, tithe envelopes requesting names and addresses, and the like, as well as any solicitations, pressure or compulsory financial commitments to this church, or any projects concerning the church are expressly forbidden. 1 Cor 16:2.

Baptism:Water baptism by immersion in water is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, and is the prescribed method given to us in the scriptures.
We believe water baptism is not a requirement for salvation, but it is a bold public testimony to one’s faith in Jesus Christ and direct obedience to his command. Jesus says to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” We baptize in the same manner Jesus was “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” Matt 28:19. We do not believe in the “oneness doctrine” or “Jesus name only” baptism. We reject infant baptism.

The Lord’s supper: We believe the Lord’s supper should be afforded to any believer in the local body willing to partake, examining himself in all seriousness according to the instructions of Paul in the scriptures, and this ordinance should be observed at least once yearly as a memorial and remembrance to the Lord’s suffering, death, burial, and resurrection until he comes. It will not be used as a “gut check”, or a surprise, nor should it be compulsory. (1 Cor. 11:25)

Autonomy and pastoral responsibilities: Our church is an autonomous, independent body governed by its active members, with the pastor as its leader, shepherd, counselor, teacher, overseer and tie breaking vote when needed.
Our pastor’s primary job is caring for his family, prayer and study, guiding and leading the church, and humble advice and counsel.

Apart from his own volition, we do not feel the Pastor should be compelled to recruit or go out and solicit people to attend church. It is not his job to keep the grass cut or coddle and pet church members.

Membership: Membership here carries expectations and responsibilities. All members share a responsibility to bear one another’s burdens, be accountable to one another, maintain a good report of those without, visit the sick, make intercession in prayer, study, and support the church and pastor. Moreover, we are to avoid gossip and exhort and encourage one another. Additionally, it is not the pastor’s responsibility or duty to “grow the church”. Sheep have sheep, shepherds don’t.

Missions: We believe our mission field is just outside the church doors. We feel foreign missions should focus on “making disciples of all nations”, and teaching and training believers in that mission area and language to be local teachers and preachers. We do not support career missionaries or keeping missionaries abroad for long periods of time.
Marriage: Marriage is honorable, and the marriage bed undefiled. For the unmarried, or divorced, Paul also tells us “art thou loose from a wife? seek not a wife.” 1 Cor 7:27.

Divorce: Our view is that a divorce is a divorce, and a person’s future should not be dictated by another one’s conscience and behavior. Ergo, if the pastor’s wife decides to leave, and he is blameless, it should not be the end of his ministry. We do not believe in such a thing as a “living spouse”, or that being divorced and remarried to another is “living in perpetual adultery”(Deut24:1) in the sense that an ex-wife is still married to her former husband.

In the event of divorce, we believe either person is free to marry whomever they please. We do not believe a divorce should hurt or hinder a man or woman from contributing to or serving our church. Their public and personal testimony, abilities, talents and experience should be the deciding factor above all else. The governing body of active members is the final authority in this. Deut 24:1, Prov 18:22, Heb 13:4, 1 Cor 7:15,7:27.

King James Bible: While the gospel can be found in any bible sold today, and they all can serve as a reference for illumination in study, we believe the King James Version bible, in any language, is the best and final authority concerning Bible interpretation and doctrines today. We believe God has preserved and protected his word since creation, long before the KJV, and the KJV is merely an extension of such preservation. It should be used without fail in the pulpit and Sunday school classes. Psalms 12:7.

This church sees and teaches HARMONY and unity of theme in scripture, focusing on common doctrines of all the prophets in the Bible, not perceived “differences” “divisions”, or “mysteries” based on pet interpretations and doctrines of other men.

We totally reject the NIV, ESV, the living Bible, Companion Bible and others with missing verses, and most of the core doctrines and eschatology contained in the footnotes and side notes in the Scofield chain link reference bible.

In our classes and teachings, we do not use “study guides” or “weekly readers” provided by outside sources. Our teachers teach and preach from the scriptures. We do not view the Bible as a mystery. Our goal in teaching and discipleship is to teach sound doctrine, and make more teachers, “milk to meat,” not keep sheep at the doctrinal trough.

Rapture of the saints. We believe the Rapture of the Church follows the pattern of the Jewish betrothal and wedding and is the catalyst for the tribulation (Rev 3:10). It will occur immediately after the resurrection of the NT saints in 1 Thess4:13. The saints of the rapture and the first resurrection will be kings and priests unto God in the millennial reign. We will have a heavenly home, and an earthly reign in immortal, glorified bodies with Jesus in his kingdom. IS 63:3, John 14:1-6, Matt 25:31-41, Mark 13:26, Luke 21:27, Matthew 24:30, Rev 1:6, Rev 5:9-10, Rev 14:19, Rev 20:6, Rev 21:7-9.

Rapture and its timing: We believe the rapture can occur at any moment, and the imminence of the rapture should be a great motivator, encouragement, and restrainer guiding a believer’s behavior, works, and deportment. We believe it is patterned after the Jewish betrothal and wedding, with Jesus preparing the bridal chamber at this moment. When his Father approves the structure, he will come, resurrect the dead saints before us, and then all living believers from the face of the earth will meet Jesus in the air shortly after. We return to heaven with him for the marriage supper of the Lamb and return to earth with him after the day of the Lord and Armageddon, with the blood of the battle still on his vesture. John 14:1-6 1Thess 4:13-17, 1 Cor 15:52, Rev 14:19, IS 63:3 Rev 19:11. 1Thess 3:13.

The Day of the Lord: Is the day the Lord destroys the antichrist, his armies, and judges the unbelievers that are alive when he returns. After this, he brings his saints with him. Zach 12:4, Rev 19:15, Rev 19:21, 1Thess 3:13, Rev 1:6, Rev 5:9-10.

The Second Coming: We believe the Lord Jesus will return just as he told the disciples “in the clouds with great glory” at the end of the tribulation, alone, treading the winepress alone at Armageddon. After destroying the antichrist army and government, Jesus will then bring his saints to earth from heaven, gathering the surviving tribulation saints that are alive on earth “from the four winds” (Matt 24:31) Jesus will then judge the world, “the sheep and the goats”, and all the living unbelievers will be killed and cast into hell, (Matt 25) while the living saints that survived the tribulation will be commended, and given the kingdom as MORTAL kingdom saints. These will repopulate the earth in the millennial reign, live very long lives, and die natural deaths. These saints will be part of the second resurrection 1000 years into the future.

Prophecy: We believe the book of Revelation is the final prophecy until the two prophets of the tribulation come and preach on the streets of Jerusalem. Rev 11:4-11.

The book of Revelation: We consider Revelation a literal book except where it says otherwise, and while it describes the end of the world, and a new beginning, there is much more to the book of Revelation than just that. For the believer, it is a book of blessings. It contains a wedding narrative, and it gives us almost two dozen promises and blessings to the believer today as well as a description of our glorious future.

Woman’s role in the church: Paul tells us “suffer not a woman teach, or usurp authority over a man,” mirroring the natural order of things. We do not call women preachers in our church. 2Tim 2:12.

Our women are the most important members of the church, and a pastor’s wife is the toughest job there is. We believe, ideally, when possible, men should teach and lead the church.

While we prefer men as officers and teachers, if the situation requires it, we do not forbid women from holding office in our church, or voting, making motions, leading projects, or speaking during meetings and Bible study. There have been times during the course of this church, where had it not been for our women in this church, the doors would be closed today.

Pagan traditions: While we believe that a person should be able to do what their conscience allows in their homes, the Lord’s house is a different place. The Lord’s house is a house of prayer, a house of worship and praise, a sanctuary, and a Bible school for believers. Pagan practices, myths, fables and traditions of men have no place in this church.

Christmas and Jesus birthday: We reckon Jesus conception six months after the conception of John, conceived after his father’s service in the temple, the course of Abija (it falls in June), with Jesus birth falling 9 months later in September around the feast of Tabernacles, not in December as the popular notion goes today. Luke 2:5, 2:23.

While very popular in many believer’s homes, Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts, Christmas trees, fall festivals and the like are not practiced or permitted in our church.

Anything pertaining to Halloween, fairs, puppet shows, plays, “programs” plays, circuses, magic shows, games of chance, raffles, bingo, ouija boards and like activities are not practiced or permitted at our church.

Santa Claus, “Mother Mary”, statues, rosaries, crosses showing a dead Christ, and other statues and icons from other religions are strictly forbidden to be displayed in our sanctuary or church grounds.

Rock music, including “Christian rock” is not permitted in the sanctuary, or on the church grounds. We prefer the old hymnals and the old hymn books. We totally reject “new age” music, or any like music with fancy lights and long repetitive new age chants and mantras.

Fundraisers, barbeque plate sales, cake sales, and car washes: We believe such activities as fundraisers for trips, or building funds are a public reproach to our church. The Lord does not need our money, and the church does not need a hand out. If we cannot afford it, and the body of the church cannot supply or provide it, we don’t need it.

Dress: Contrary to what you will see in many churches today we do not “dress up for Jesus” here. We feel one should dress for church in such a way so as to not intimidate the poor, a stranger, or one of lesser means. Common sense and decency prevails here.

Memorials: We do not put stamps of recognition on any donated property, or memorial stamps on pews, hymn books, or windows for deceased loved ones. Such memorials should be in a cemetery, not a sanctuary.

Popular fringe doctrines we reject and avoid. The chief among these fringe doctrines would be Calvinism, Pentecostalism and Dispensationalism. While not new, these errant doctrines are gaining popularity, and have swept through our churches in the last 20 years, leaving division and discord in their wake.
Tongues: Also known as “charismatic” “ecstatic utterances” “glossolalia” “third eye”. We believe “tongues” ceased with the completion of the Holy Bible and serve no practical purpose in the church today. We believe love and kindness, humility, and a believer’s good works are the best evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, not speaking a strange language.

While still manifest today, this behavior is often displayed by witches, Hindus, and Voodoo priests. As such, we believe it is NOT the Holy Ghost, but “another spirit”, and it is strictly forbidden inside our church. We do not believe “Tongues” are proof of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, proof of salvation, or a second act of grace. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells the believer at the moment of salvation.

We totally reject Pentecostalism and its core doctrines, as well as any other works based doctrines found in other denominations, cults or in secret societies. And we totally reject word of faith prosperity doctrines 1 Cor 13:1 13:8,10, 1 Jn 4:1-6.

Calvinism: Today it is deceptively called “reformed theology” or “reformed doctrine”, and it is still Calvinism. We completely and totally reject Calvinism, all of its core doctrines and its current teachers, John McCarthur, John Piper and many others. We view Calvinism as a non-Christian religion that denies Christ. Its core doctrines and view of God are more closely aligned with Islam and Molech worship than Christianity. Any teachings of Jean Calvin, Calvinism, or like doctrine is forbidden in our church.

Dispensationalism: If you want to know how to run a church today, see Paul’s epistles. But his core doctrines fully agree with all the prophets before him. Acts 26:22-23
While dispensationalism has grace through faith alone at its core, and other doctrines that overlap Baptist doctrines, Dispensationalism focuses more on “differences” and “divisions” in scripture rather than unity of message, putting James against Paul, Jew against Gentile, and creates discord in the church. “Right division”, “two program doctrine”, “different salvations for different times”, “mystery teachings” and like doctrines complicate scripture, create confusion, place differences and divisions where none exist, and lead to arguments. We consider it a useless, pointless, confusing doctrine that leads to division.

The two biggest errors in the teachings:1 For Old Testament saints, salvation was attained by a mixture of works and grace. This goes directly against what we believe and teach, and the Bible teaches us. And 2: the doctrine teaches the cross was a “mystery” to those that lived before Jesus. It denies, or cannot seem to find the resurrection of Jesus, or the preaching of the cross in the Old Testament (IS26:19, and many other places). Peter and Paul both clearly tell us they were only preaching what the prophets before them preached. (Acts 26:22-23, Acts 3:12,18, Psalms 16:10 IS 53.

Except for the purpose of discussion, illumination and correction, “right division” “mid acts division”, and “Dispensationalist” doctrines are not taught in our church.

Eschatological view of the end times and the tribulation:
We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the saints, with rapture occurring the moment after the dead in Christ rise. When Jesus calls out all of the world’s living Christians, we will meet him in the air and return to the Father’s house in heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb. The absence of the church will be the catalyst for the Tribulation. Proof for pre-tribulation rapture abounds in the Bible, and the presence of the elders in heaven before the tribulation begins bears firm testimony to the pre-tribulation rapture. 1Thess 4:13-17 Rev 5, Rev 6.

We believe The Rapture of the church will remove all of the world’s believers on earth at the time. Most of America will be gone. This removal will leave Islam, the leopard, with 1 billion followers as the dominant religion on earth. The New World Order, consisting of China, Britain, Russia, the UN, and the revived Muslim Caliphate will finally come to fruition unopposed in the absence of the body of Christ. Worldwide Financial collapse will follow, then war, then famine. We believe Russia, China, Britain, and the revived Muslim caliphate, the former Ottoman empire is the leopard beast of Revelation. Rev 6, Rev 13:1

Even under fierce persecution, many saints will come to Christ in the tribulation, with most being killed for their faith and testimony. These groups of saints will be raised and glorified in Rev 11:11, Rev 14:16, with the last group, the gleanings raised in Rev 20, when Jesus returns with his saints.

Israel will see peace and safety for the first half of the seven-year tribulation, with “Jacob’s trouble” beginning at the mid-point. At the end of the tribulation, Jesus returns, destroys the antichrist and his army, judges the world, and then opens the door to heaven, and brings his saints to rule and reign with him. Those saints alive on earth at Jesus return enter the kingdom as MORTAL citizen saints. King David and the 12 apostles will rule over Israel as prince kings, while we rule and reign over the gentile nations in glorified bodies in the millennial reign of Christ. Ez37:24, Ez24:37 Mt 19:28, Rev 13:1, 1Thess 5:13, Dan 9:27, 1Thess 4:13-17, 1Thess 3:13, Matt 25.
Holiness: As a church, we encourage and exhort each other to good works and individual holiness, but we do not brow beat one another, “check up on one another”, or publicly shame one another. We choose to judge more by a person’s love for others, and entreat one in a fault privately, in humility and love. 1 Tim 5:1

We believe one’s love for the brethren, his reputation in the community, humility, and kindness are a greater testimony, and much more important than outward appearances, personal habits, financial status, manner of dress, or piety.

Jesus said folks would know we are his by the love we show for one another. As a church, we focus on love and longsuffering with one another, not each other’s faults, short comings, weaknesses, vices, individual holiness, or pet sins. John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

One great deer tracking method.

What I relate here is a true story. I learned this quite by accident. It is a great way to find that wounded deer that just won’t bleed, or has appeared to have stopped bleeding. There is also a great safety aspect to it as well.

Just a few upsides.

1. It helps you find game you or anyone else would have lost otherwise.

2. It leaves a trail behind you showing where the animal has been, which usually gives a good indication of where it is headed depending upon what is in its line of travel. (Wounded animals generally run down hill, and towards water and thickets.)

3. It leaves a trail for OTHERS to find YOU, or join the search or recovery efforts if need be.

4. It leaves a trail for YOU to return on.

5. And that trail remains out there in the woods for you for quite a while afterwards just in case you have to return to recover that dropped wallet, or deer rifle you leaned against the tree in your search efforts. Or you have to return later with reinforcements, or just have to show your buddies and tell them the story. “you ain’t gonna believe this fellas”.

6. The best one: It provides assistance in “answering the call of nature”, blowing your nose or wiping your hands. And it works great for building fires.

7. It can be seen from the air when the helicopter comes looking for you.

8.If you get lost, and can’t find the tissue trail out, you can use it to wipe your tears while you wander around aimlessly sniffling and crying in the woods.

It’s basic parts are common to every serious hunter, and most savvy hunters will have it on their body or in their pack while hunting. Yes. Charmin man. Some of the world’s most important paperwork. A roll of toilet paper.

I know, I know “just get a tracking dog man” ok, “use peroxide”. Got it. The caveat with those methods are tracking dogs and peroxide don’t fit well into backpacks and cargo pockets.
They just aren’t handy man. The dog most often won’t fit, and they whine too much. And you have to feed them. And the peroxide inevitably leaks, but I digress.

9 It can also be used to write messages on for someone trying to find you. Or a goodbye letters, or love letters, or a last will and testament. Forgive me for wandering. Yes, always carry a pen to the woods.

10 But before I go any further, to demonstrate my environmental sensitivity, and to appease the tree huggers and earth worshippers among us, those that would accuse me of using this method to recklessly and maliciously litter the woods and destroy the planet for the sake of human life and finding a wounded animal, I must point out that there are environmentally friendly upsides to using this method.

11 The tissue IS bio degradable, and can be “re purposed” for nesting by those pretty sweet little birds, and even the soft fuzzy rabbits, cute little squirrels and big cuddly grizzly bears- especially the bears, would find it useful for wiping their rear ends as well so. OH!, And let’s not forget about Sasquatch.
No doubt he could make good use of some charmin or angel soft also. Gotta keep them squatches and cuddly old bears happy don’t cha know?. There.

11. For the snowflakes and the more “special” ones among us, it can be used simply to avoid getting lost in the woods. A wounded animal and blood is NOT required to use this method. Ok?
Common sense I know, but some folks.

12. It gives bow hunters, who track more than anyone else, and hunters with poor vision, a decided advantage when tracking game on their own.

13. Now, for those with a one best solution mindset bias, it CAN be used in conjunction with a tracking dog, a drone, tracking cat, pot bellied pig, goat, hydrogen peroxide, red lens flashlight, green lens, blue lens , helicopter, divining rod, prayer or most any other tracking method one can dream up.

14. It can be expanded upon. A paint roller with an extension can be used to speed up tracking and locating blood. Bear with me, I’ll explain that later.

15. Materials for this method are very cheap and portable. Very lightweight also. About 8 bucks at Lowe’s. And Lowes sells toilet paper too.

16. You can begin tracking immediately. Safely, even alone.

17.It gives bow hunters, who track more than anyone else, and hunters with poor vision, a decided advantage in tracking game on their own.

Caveats: Will not work in rain. But then neither will many other tracking methods.

Ok. here’s the story:

I run a small hunting club in southeast Georgia. It is not far from the 270,000 acre Fort Stewart Military reservation. Like, a half mile close.

One fall day a couple years ago, Tommy, one of the members, shot a deer. I was a half mile away and heard the shot. At such a distance, an experienced hunter can sometimes tell when he is hearing a gunshot that struck the animal. This was one of those shots. “TABOOOM!” A solid hit. Big doe. I was excited for my friend.

A few minutes later, I heard Riley, another club member,shoot another deer. He had dropped a doe in its tracks. Good deal! What a great day of hunting!.

I waited in the stand for my turn, but it never came. After an hour or so,It was dark, and Tommy tells me via text message that the deer had ran off after the shot and he tracked her until he had lost the trail, and just cannot find the deer.

As it turned out, the deer had been gut shot, and had been pushed too hard.

Later during the track, we found several spots, pools of blood where it had laid down,only to have gotten back up and walked some more.

I had already came down from my stand. So I checked my flashlight batteries, turned on my hunting cap flashlight and grabbed a roll of toilet paper from a Ziploc bag out of my pack.

I planned to use the tissue mainly to avoid getting lost if we went into unfamiliar territory, and to mark blood spots and our trail going in. It would also provide us a clear path OUT. If we happened to have group stupid attack and get lost, hopefully it would provide a search team a way in to find us.

I had no idea how wise that decision would turn out to be at the time.

I walked the 1\2 mile or so to his location

Riley was already there with Tommy when I walked up. It was now pitch dark.

The wounded deer had left our property and had walked into a huge,dried up swamp bottom on another man’s land. I knew it was going to be a long night.

“We ain’t gonna be no ordering pizza tonight boys. Not from here you won’t”.

You couldn’t even see the stars in that thick swamp bottom. Nothing but thick bushes and pig trails. And they all looked the same.

All the leaves were the same color, with blood red splotches, and it seemed all the trees and bushes were the same color and size too.

The worst part was GPS and phone signal were not part of the equation here. Nonexistent. No google earth in these woods fellas.

Perfect conditions for getting lost. Yea, we were in for some fun. Saddle up boys.

We began tracking where Tommy had found the last spot of blood.

We crossed the firebreak onto the neighboring property. Spooky.

After 20 yards or so, we picked the trail back up and started finding plenty of blood. I had dropped tissue squares up to this point.

At each spot, and every ten feet or so, I would tear off a square of tissue and drop it over the blood spot. After several hundred yards, the blood was getting harder and harder to find. But at this point, we were too deep in to give up easily. We knew we had to be close.

Pride and ego had taken over. We were gonna FIND THIS DEER. Over an hour had passed.

By now, all of us were literally on our hands and knees crawling on likely trails and paths examining leaves, one by one for any trace of blood.
It was so thick that crawling was the best way to move anyway.
And every leaf looked like it had blood on it. It was mind numbing.

Occasionally we would find a tiny speck of blood.

Then, after ten or so minutes, another speck. This was going to take all night. It was 65 degrees.

Riley’s deer was awaiting pickup, so TWO deer would be ruined if we did not find this one soon.

As I crawled along on my hands and knees with my toilet paper in one hand, I sat up and wiped the sweat off my forehead.

I happened to glance at the ground side of the roll of tissue and noticed a few tiny specks of blood. MY blood? I checked myself. Nope, it came from these leaves here. I started dabbing the flattened roll of tissue on the leaves on the trail in front of me. More blood. Tiny specks. TINY specks. That’s all I needed. This is gonna be easy boys.

100 yards later, after crawling right by it once, we found the deer. She was huge. 160 lbs huge. Biggest doe I’ve ever saw. AWESOME!

But now we were a half mile into the swamp. And we had no idea of any direction except up and down.

Riley says “now how the heck do we get out of here?”.

As I pulled off my belt to use as a tow strap around the deer’s head, I said “start looking for toilet paper man,”. “Or you can drag this deer, take your pick”.

Faced with those two options, in just a few seconds, Riley had miraculously transformed into Davey Crockette, our new guide. I tell you those little white squares of tissue strewn across that swamp turned Riley into an expert extrordinaire guide. The best in the business. He led us right out of there.

Tommy and I followed him dragging the deer.

From one small square to another, we finally made it back to familiar woods, and got to a good road for a pickup point. Within a few minutes, we had both deer loaded and enroute to the processor.

A good hunt saved by a roll of toilet paper. Who knew?

I learned a lot from that tracking episode. The biggest lesson is that lowly toilet tssue roll IS much more important paperwork than I had ever dreamed possible.

Only a fool would hit the woods or leave home without it.

Since then I have fashioned an additional device for improved tracking on open ground and flat areas. A paint roller and a roll of paper towels. (I keep it behind the seat of my truck). Bore cleaning patches also work very well.

And yes, if you can multi task, you can carry ANOTHER roll of tissue along to mark your trail.

The paper towel or roll of tissue fits perfectly over the paint roller. Add a three or four foot extension and you are ready to find that buck.

Simply roll it along likely trails and check the roll. Even the tiniest speck of blood will show up and be easily visible. You won’t believe the blood you’ve been missing.

Happy hunting!
James Dixon
Copyright 2016

Allah? or Jesus?

Tell me muslim, what does allah promise YOU? Matt 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped him. Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: Hebrews 1:3 by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:1:8 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.
Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

looking at all these promise from the Lord Jesus, to ANYONE that believes in him, and follows him, tell me muslims? what does allah promise YOU?