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SACRED RESOLUTIONS

          As the calendar year concludes and another one commences, the editor makes the following sacred and solemn resolutions:
          RESOLVED: TO BE HOLY in all manner of godliness (I Pet. 1:5-16) and conversation (II Pet. 3:11-14); to strive for purity of heart without which no one can “see God” (Matt. 5:8); to avoid all uncleanness (Rom. 5:3), internally (II Chron. 29:16) and externally (Gal. 5:19-21); to refrain from unfruitful works (Eph. 5:11), unprofitable words (II Tim. 2:14), unwise worship (Matt. 15:9), ungodly ways (Prov. 4:14-15) and undesirable women (Prov. 4:3-11).
          To be as consistent as possible in implementation of the practice of Biblical separation in all areas in which the Word of God commands, either by specific precept (I Cor. 5:1-5) or by scriptural principle; (II Cor. 6:14-18), making no distinction in obedience (I Sam. 15:22) between the so called practice of “primary separation” (II John 7-11) and “secondary separation” (II Thess. 3:6-14).
          While working out my own “salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12), to avoid all unscriptural enticing, entangling and erroneous alliances (II Tim. 2:4) which would break down God’s divine demarcation line between truth and error, hinder my spiritual progress and service for Christ, as well as causing others to stumble. (Rom. 14:21).
          Not to warm to the deceitful apostates (II Cor. 11:13-15) and divisive compromisers of the day, who would destroy the scriptural unity of the saints, but rather to warn against them with tearful pleadings (Acts 20:28-31), so that my ministry can help present saints “perfect in Christ” (Phil. 1:27).
          RESOLVED: TO BE HUMBLE in personal, preaching and printed endeavors: to maintain a “humble and contrite spirit”, avoiding a know-it-all arrogant, boastful and proud spirit (Prov. 6:16-18) so that I may experience revival of heart and stirring of soul (Is. 57:15);
          To seek to obtain the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5), to have godly longing in character ( I Tim. 4:7-8), guiltless conduct in living (Phil 2:15) and gentle lips in conversation (Col. 4:6); to be militant (II Tim. 2:3) but not mean (Eph. 4:31), uncompromising (I Cor. 16:13) but not uncompassionate (II Cor. 5:14) and strong (Eph. 6:10) but not stubborn (Ps. 78:8).
          RESOLVED: TO BE HONEST; to walk honestly toward those without the fold (I Thess. 4:12) and those within the fellowship (Heb. 13:18); to work honestly, providing things “honest in the sight of all men” (Rom. 12:17) and to write honestly with truth as the foundational source (Eph. 6:17), love as the functional spirit (Eph. 4:16) and consistency as the faithful stand (Acts 24:16); to never knowingly misrepresent the facts concerning the actions, associations or trends of any individual or organization.
          RESOLVED: TO BE HELPFUL; Since the ministry of helps (I Cor. 12:28) is one of the most neglected gifts today, my desire is to be a “fellowhelper to the truth” (III John 8) and to those engaged in the defense and dissemination (II Tim. 2:15) of the truth;
          To be a better PASTOR’S HELPER in the confirmation and defense of the Gospel (Phil. 1:16) by [a] PRAYERFUL INTERCESSION for faithful shepherds (II Thess. 3:1-2), as well as for fallen saints and erring servants (II Tim. 2:24-26);
          BY [b] PRINTED INFORMATION which protects the unity of N.T. churches against compromising heretical intrusions (Rom. 16:17); information which is needful but NOT avoided simply because the items are controversial (Gal. 2:11-14) or the issues contemporary (II Tim. 4:10); printed matter which contains a constructive structure in its facts, a Christlike spirit in its features (Eph. 4:16) and considerate statements in its form; which has as its ultimate goal the benefit and blessing of the saints (II Cor. 7:8-12).
          [c] BY PREACHING INVITATIONS: A preacher first and foremost, his favorite occupation and hobby is preaching! His resolution is that his preaching would be Christ centered in essence (I Cor. 1:23), compassionate in expression (Acts 20:19 & 31) and convicting in extent (Titus 1:9).
          RESOLVED: TO BE HUNGRY for God’s Word, with all considerations of time centering around this daily feeding upon the Scriptures (Jer. 15:16). Since God has given His Word the predominant place in His perspective, (Ps. 138:2), I must give the Scriptures the prime portion in my plans. It must be my daily delight (Ps. 1:2). I must hide its truths in my heart (Ps. 119:11), dispensing and disseminating this Word of life at every opportunity (Phil. 2:16, II Tim. 2:15).
          FINALLY, I RESOLVE AND VOW TO KEEP THE FLAME OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST BURNING IN MY HEART, WITH A FERVENT HEART FOR LOST SOULS (II Cor. 5:14) apart from which my vision will grow dim, (Prov. 19:18) my service grow cold (Rev. 2:3), and all my resolves of non effect. “I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the presence of all His people.” (Ps. 116:14) D.J.
          PS: The “catalyst” for these resolutions has been the Holy Scriptures, the editor’s SOLE authority of faith and practice. [This editorial was originally printed in the Nov.-Dec. 1994 FD, but the contents were so challenging to the editor that he has decided to accept them anew, as fresh resolutions for the coming year, with only a final needed adaptation concerning an earnest passion for lost souls.

Also in this issue THE UNIQUENESS OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST


Editorial – December 2003-January 2004 The Fundamentalist Digest; Permission granted for reprint, so long as proper credit is given.

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