Acts 20:17-21
A N.T. Preacher who stayed on course

"And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." [These verses speak for themselves!]
The F. D. editor's background
As this editor pens these lines, he is approaching his 76th birthday and the anniversary of his 60th year of preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It seems just like yesterday that a noble SS Supt. and a local church invested this then fledging teen-ager with the opportunity of teaching that junior boys SS class. The years-and the decades-have sped quickly by, but this preacher records with delightful joy that he is still preaching/teaching the same infallible Word with the same enthusiasm and vibrancy he did 60 years ago. While much spiritual water has crossed under the "dam" in those decades, this preacher is still proclaiming the "faithful word," without compromise.
Some undesirable changes within professing Fundamentalism
In those 60 ensuing years, many undesirable changes have taken place within professing Fundamental Baptist circles, many of which he never envisioned in his widest dreams would ever occur. Men, movements and organizations that once militantly defended the faith have veered off course and are now making common cause with those whom they once passionately opposed.
Many men who once ardently warned against the worldly trends of the day are now warming themselves to those same trends. Men who formerly loudly blew their trumpets against compromising associations are now muting their voices and softening their protests. with some laying down their trumpets altogether and completely deleting altogether their former defense of the faith.
Despite the massive concessions that some professing Fundamentalists are making with the compromising New-Evangelical crowd and their veering off the historic Biblicist Fundamentalist pathway, this preacher wishes to make clear his staunch intentions of staying on course and remaining totally true to the task of defending the faith that was once delivered unto the saints. As he ponders the future, this preacher earnestly pledges to faithfully stay "on course" in three vital areas just like the Apostle Paul did in his Ephesian ministry (See Acts chapter 19 & 20:17-38 for full account.)
1. This preacher pledges to stay on course concerning SCRIPTURE. The religious world recently celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. Many deserved accolades were accorded the KJB, even from sources that normally promote the unreliable modern versions. However, that 400th historic anniversary is now past, and the adverse KJB sources can be expected to return to their former liberal ways by seeking to place the KJB in the mothball drawer, while they promote the latest apostate based Critical Text versions.
The King James Bible, based on the reliable Received Text (the text received by Bible-believing churches down through the ages) is the preserved-Psalms 12:6-7, powerful-Heb. 4:12 and productive Word of God-I Peter 1:23. The Word of God-Heb. 11:3-is composed of the words of God-Matt. 4:4 and if we don't have all the words of God, then we don't have all the Word of God! Christ however, promised that while "Heaven and earth shall pass away," His inspired "words shall not [never] pass away-Matt. 24:35."
With the infallible declarations stated above, believing that God has truly preserved His Word TODAY. and that the KJB is an accurate and trustworthy translation that saints can completely trust, without reservation, this writer promises not to correct the KJB, but to allow the KJB to correct him!
This writer has absolutely no desire to turn to undependable modern translations such as the ESV, the NASV, the TNIV that delete the eternality of Christ's person (Micah 5:2, omit the Trinity (I John 5:7), deny the Virgin Birth of Christ (Luke 2:33), and question the deity of Christ (John 3:16, Acts 8:37), remove the atonement of our Saviour by His shed blood (Col. 1:14). and obliterate the doctrine of repentance (Matt. 9:13. With God's help, he is not going to move one bit from his firm belief concerning the absolute veracity of the KJB Scriptures-Ps. 119:89.
2. This preacher pledges to stay on course concerning SEPARATION, The Scripture clearly and plainly teaches both personal-II Tim. 2:19-21-and ecclesiastical separation-Eph. 5:7 & 11. In a world where more and more professing believers are conforming to the ungodly trends of a world controlled by Satan-Eph. 2:2, this preacher renews his covenant concerning faithful adherence to Biblical separation-II Cor. 6:14-18, without any mental reservations or equivocations.
This separation includes a clear severance from the world-I John 2:15-17, the flesh-Rom. 8:13, and the devil-Eph. 6:11, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience-Eph. 2:2. For this believer, Biblical separation is not an option to be pondered, but an obligation to be practiced-James 4:4.
While Biblical separation is not the saint's ultimate goal, it is God's mean to help achieve the goal of total conformity to the image of Christ-Rom. 8:29, and apart from such separation, genuine believers can never even get close to the noble goal of total transformation to His likeness-Phil. 3:10-14.
Biblical separation involves both the negative withdrawal from all of the world's idolatry, along with a positive determination to live wholeheartedly for the Saviour-I Thess. 1:9. This separation requires not only severance from apostate unbelievers-II John 7-11, but may sometimes require removing fellowship with a disobedient child of God-II Thess. 3:6. God's plan towards other believers is clearly one first of wooing-Rom. 14, then warning-Gal. 2:11-14, and if necessary, then withdrawing-II Thess. 3:14.
This preacher earnestly promises to stay on course regarding all areas of Biblical separation. By God's grace, he will continue to adhere to separation standards regarding (a) modesty, not adopting immodest or inappropriate fashions of this world-I Peter 1:14, (b) music-Col. 3:16, retaining spiritual and traditional music-not sensual music sounds, and (c) morals, seeking to maintain high standards in conduct and personal demeanor.
3. This preacher pledges to stay on course concerning SOUL-WINNING. While some modern evangelicals are discarding old-fashioned soul-winning in favor of worldly techniques, the "fruit of the righteous" is still "a tree of life" and "he that winneth souls" is still "wise"-Prov. 11:30. This preacher has no intention of abandoning the Biblical course that God designed for the salvation of the lost. The Biblical promise is still true that "they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars that forever and ever-Dan. 12:3."
The Great Commission is the local church's mandate for this age-Matt. 28:18-20. This divine order contains three great elements: (a) Evangelizing-- "Go ye therefore and teach [reach] all nations," (b) Baptizing-"baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," (c) Catechizing-"teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…" Fervent adherence to the first point is an imperative, for you will never baptize or catechize anyone until they have first been evangelized!
Christ himself prophetically foretold that one of the characteristic traits of the age before his return to earth would be an astounding increase in sinful practices, along with an unscriptural coldness of heart "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matt. 24:12). This writer pledges himself to avoid such apathy. It is his sincere desire that the love of Christ would constrain him, as the Apostle Paul, in an urgent love for lost souls. As Paul's deepest heart's desire was to reach lost souls for Christ in Rom. 10:1, this preacher prays that God's divine flame of love for the unconverted would similarly burn deeply in his soul.
It is possible to under-emphasize other needed truths while proclaiming the gospel, but one can never overemphasize the need to reach the lost. There are virtually "multitudes in the valley of decision" (Joel 3:14), many of whom will eternally perish if believers do not use the Sword in evangelistic endeavors-Heb. 4:12.
Lev. 6:12 stated concerning the burnt-offering that "The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out." It is this preacher's sincere desire to stay on course and keep those soul-winning fires burning hotly until the day God calls him home, or the Rapture occurs.
By God's grace and with the Holy Spirit's enabling-II Cor. 9:8-this preacher plans to stay on course concerning Scripture, Separation and Soul-Winning and to finish his life's ministry, without veering off these vital highways with a heart full of tearful obedience-Acts 20:31. D. J.

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