Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ole' Jack Schaap

Another Man Falls I think it's mighty peculiar that all of these folks are rejoicing and saying things like "I knew he was a pediphile!" That seems like an awful lot of glory in a man falling.
 I made a statement over at a place called "stuff fundies like" and made a statement about their glorying in the fall of that preacher in Indiana and they said that his sin wasn't a fall, and then followed it up with a bunch of other stuff.

The truth is, it is a fall.  Just like David's sin in the Bible was a fall (a gradual decline in position) so was Mr. Schaaps (I'm in no way comparing Schaap to King David).  I don't believe he one day said "Hey, I'm going to sin and ruin my ministry!"  He ended up there.  If you fall down the stairs, you end up at the bottom.  It started slow and then you ended up down on your back.

It's a sad day for Christianity when something like this happens, it's even sadder when supposed Christians glory in the fall.

We ought to be prayin for his family, the people that were involved and those people at First Baptist in Hammond, not gloryin' all of the internets about it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Well, well, well....

I'm always amazed by things, usually in a good way. Technology is amazing, it is ever changing.

I remember back when we had our music on 8 track tapes! Now, people don't go to the store to buy their music, they just buy it over the internets and then put it on their little pocket music players.

I'm also always amazed by people. Not that I should be, because while times change and things change, people never change. People are always the same. There is always that sin nature.

I've been visiting this one ole' website called the Fighting Fundamental Forums.


I say amazingly good in some aspects. I genuinely believe there are a lot of people there that have a heart to love, server and worship God, no matter what denomination they are.

I also have seen amazing the other way, people who would like you to believe they are Christian, but in truth, they are not Christian at all. Everything they type is mean spirited, wanting to drag someone else down.

Friend, we MUST be wary of our communication. It doesn't matter if it is on facebook, a 'Christian' forum, email, chat, in person, no matter what the type, this verse covers all communication. No matter how we communicate, it's covered.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

We can break this verse into two parts.

1) Let no corrupt communication proceed our of your mouth...

This verse seems to be very plain to this old mountain born preacher. There is no room to wiggle around on this one.

It is plain as that two hole breather on your face that this verse tells us that our communication shouldn't be corrupt!

You say, Dr. Happy, what in the world does that mean?

Let me help you out friend.

I went on over to Dictionary.com and they told me what those words mean.

The word NO means "not in any degree or manner; not at all".

Corrupt means " debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil:".

Communication is " the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.".

Friend, there is nothing else to say except it's real clear that ANY communication, no matter how we go about it, is to be zero percent corrupt!
2) "but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

This is plain English folks.

Our communication shouldn't corrupt. That's easy to understand.

The second part of the verse isn't too hard either.

Our speech should be good to point that when we speak, we build others up and minister grace to whoever hears.

This really is summed up in what my mama said to me all my life, "If you can't say something good about someone, don't say nothin at all"

It's not rocket science, it's EASY to understand.

If we look at that next verse it says "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God..."

I don't know about you friend, but my goal is to be FULL of the Holy Spirit of God not to be grieving Him.

Why can't we work to just edify each other?

We all slip now and then, get in the flesh, but in the end, our job is edification.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't defend the faith. That means that even when we are defending out position, even with an unruly unbeliever, we need to watch and make sure our defense doesn't become corrupt and our flesh doesn't shine through above our spirit.

This isn't just a problem and a principle for the FFF, I wasn't trying to suggest that. This is something we need to apply to our daily lives. It is rampant on the internet where things are so easy to say as in each interaction people have with another.

Hope this has been a help to y'all, it's something not just to read and study, it's something to live by.

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my old time corner here on the internets or like the young ones call it, my blog. While I may be an old time preacher, I'm also a new time internets user and new to this thing of blogging.

I've been on the internet for going on two weeks now, and think I have a fair to middlin' handle on how to make this thing work.

Right now you are askin' -
"Dr. Happy, why would you take the time to start a blog like this?"

I surely am glad you asked.

The more time I spend on these here internets the more I see people using their blogs and boards to tear down the name of our Lord and to attack men who have done all to stand.

While we all know that there will always be some bad apple, there is no doubt in my mind that we must stop and think about what we are saying, rather than just stopping and criticizing what these men do. Heaven forbid we'd all be different.

To tell you the truth, I think there are many of my people who still claim to be those good Baptist people that have taken things too far off course. They've made things either so stuffy or so full of rules that folks don't want to hear what they have to say. We'll be talkin' about them too.

I've seen many that have found theirselves loving to start a gossip blog about pastors who have fallen.

These uns probably get my boat the most because they are not 'restoring such an one in a spirit of meekness". Why do they do this? To that I have no answer. In my day people wouldn't do such a thing because it isn't Christian. It isn't a prayer request. It's GOSSIP plain and simple. No doubt about it.

I just want to take time to try and set some records straight here on my blog. I been in this old time religion for many a year and I aim to continue to carry this torch on until the Lord calls me home.

All the Best,

Dr. Happy