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Lester Roloff - A Pattern For Children (Pt. 2 of 2)

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended Southwestern Seminary for nearly three years. During this time, he pastured two part-time churches. He then pastured four full-time churches before the Lord called him, in 1951, to be a full-time evangelist.

Lester Roloff - A Pattern For Children (Pt. 1 of 2)

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended Southwestern Seminary for nearly three years. During this time, he pastored two part-time churches. He then pastored four full-time churches before the Lord called him, in 1951, to be a full-time evangelist.

Lester Roloff - Be Content

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended

Lester Roloff - Are You A Good Brother? (Pt. 1 of 2)

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended

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According to tradition, the seven virtues of the Christian life are kindness, humility, diligence, charity, patience, temperance, and chastity. These character qualities embody the new self that Christians are called to put on in Christ (Eph. 4:17-24). In this seven-part series, we will familiarize ourselves with each of the seven virtues, with the goal of developing new habits befitting our new selves in Christ.This is part seven of seven. The previous installments dealt with kindness, humility, diligence, charity, patience, and temperance.Properly defined, chastity is intentionally choosing to refrain from immoral sexual activity. Immoral sexual activity can be defined as physical acts with or entertaining sexual thoughts about people who are not one’s spouse. This virtue applies to married couples and singles alike.It is important to note that virginity is not synonymous with being chaste. It is possible to be a chaste, sexually active married person; it is also possible to be an unchaste virgin. That’s because chastity is primarily concerned with respecting others and cherishing and honoring the sanctity of marriage. Chastity has less to do with whether or not someone is sexually active and more to do with their behavior in and outside of marriage.From the first marriage of Adam and Eve in the garden, God created sexual desire to motivate men and women to enter the sacred covenant relationship of marriage, which is reserved for one man and one woman and is intended to be for life. Marriage is a good gift from God; it should be delighted in and protected. Scripture tells us, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord” (Prov. 18:22). It is good, natural, and beautiful for a husband and wife to be intimately united together as one flesh (Gen. 2:24). As Paul explains, “Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband” (1 Cor. 7:3).Chastity requires refraining from entertaining sexual thoughts and engaging in sexual acts while not married, and when married, remaining faithful to one’s spouse (Job 31:1). Habits of chastity can include dressing modestly, being self-controlled in dating relationships, looking to Jesus for our ultimate satisfaction, and not using others for our physical or sexual pleasure. For those who are married, chastity includes the giving of oneself to a spouse and honoring them and God with one’s body, heart, and mind.Chastity’s opposite is the vice of lust, and it plagues both men and women. In the final chapter of her book Glittering Vices, Rebecca DeYoung describes lust and how it distorts us, noting:Lust makes sexual pleasure all about me. It is a self-gratification project…In lust, sexual pleasure is divorced from love and mutual self-giving. And when we lust we certainly want nothing to do with giving life and the future commitments that might bring…I want my pleasure, says the lustful one, and I want it now.Lust wants all of the pleasures but none of the responsibility that accompanies sexual desire. Lust is unable to give of itself; it only takes. It takes away from the beauty of the unity between a man and a woman, the gift of new life, and the commitment of a covenant union before God.The vice of lust has plagued humanity throughout history. But today, in our auditory and visually stimulated and pornography-saturated society that prizes anonymity, there are more temptations than ever to succumb to the temptations of lust. Moreover, television commercials, shows, movies, billboards, social media advertisements, and sexually suggestive songs reinforce the notion that modesty and chastity are concepts from an old-fashioned, bygone era. But for Christians who take their cues from Scripture rather than the culture, it is important to remember that God’s standard hasn’t changed. In fact, the standard of purity outlined in God’s Word is still binding on followers of Jesus (Mat. 5:28).Unlike our secular culture, which either mocks chastity or declares it impossible, Scripture places a tremendous value on the virtue of chastity. For example, Paul says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter” (1 Thess. 4:3-6a). Lust does not honor the image of God in others or who God has called us to be as ambassadors for Christ.Rather than indulge in the passions of the flesh, Christians are exhorted to “walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Rom. 13:13-14). Lust says “yes” to the old self and the desires of sinful flesh, but chastity says “yes” to the new self which is in Christ Jesus. Like all virtues, chastity requires courage to walk away, to close one’s eyes, and renew one’s mind (Rom. 12:1) for the glory of God and the honor of others.Throughout this series on virtue and vice, we have considered what it means for a Christian to put on the new self. As we seek to become more like Christ, we must courageously resolve to fight against the vices in our lives, which represent the old self, and put on kindness, humility, diligence, charity, patience, temperance, and chastity, which befit the new self. “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col. 3:14).
Temple Baptist Church - 8-29-2021Revelation 17:1-5 A. Chapter 17 is tied back with chapter 13. In chapter 13, we saw two "beasts" that rose out of the sea and earth. The first beast was the political system of government in the end-time built by the spirit of antichrist. The second beast was the religious system of the end-time that would look like a lamb but would destroy all who followed it. These beasts defile, devour, destroy. 1 Corinthians 15:32a If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus … B. Chapter 17-18 reverse their order as the "religious beast" in found in chapter 17 and the "political beast" is found in chapter 18. This is done for a good reason. In chapter 13, the political beast that reigns will be first as Antichrist takes control in chapter 6 and never relinquishes it. In chapter 18, the political system will destroy the religious system. C. In chapter 17, it is important that the religious beast or system come first because it preceded the end-time political system. We will find this truth in chapter 17. Now, we will ignore the political beast for a while as chapter 18 will deal with it in detain. D. We will spend a little time in this chapter as we need to understand when this religious system started, what this religious system is, and what this system does. E. Notice with me that the first part of verse 1 speaks of judgment. God will judge this ungodly system of religion that is and has always been antigod from the beginning. It has changed its face to reflect religion at its finest in our day but under the outward veneer that it shows, it is still just what God calls it, the great whore! F. God will judge the great whore and all those who follow it. It is anti-bible, anti-god, and anti-mankind. The Bible references this system in its letter to the church at Thyatira. Revelation 2:20-24 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (21) And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. (22) Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (23) And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (24) But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 1. Its leader is a woman. "Jezebel … prophetess" 2. Its teaching is spiritual fornication and idolatry. "seduce … commit fornication … idols" 3. God gave it space to repent, but it continued in its spiritual wickedness. "she repented not" 4. Its followers will be cast into "great tribulation" except they repent of their deeds. 5. Her children that she has birthed and reared will die a spiritual death in the Lake of Fire. 6. The Bible calls this system "the depths of Satan."G. God calls this system "the great whore." Though I do not normally use this word, it is the only appropriate word that describes the actions of this religion. I want to break these three words down tonight because I want each of us to know EXACTLY WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT THE RELIGIOUS BEAST! 1. "the" – pay strict attention to the definite article that is applied to the religious beast. You have two types of articles, definite and indefinite. The two indefinite articles are "a" and "an." God could have said, "A great whore," but He did not. "A great whore" would be the designation of one of many. God said, "The great whore!" 2. "the" is a definite article. This is not a great whore; it is the great whore. A definite article is place before a noun to indicate that the identity of the noun is known to the reader. The great whore is one that is both identified by the writer, God, and known by the reader, you and me. There are many false religions that could be identified as whores but this one is specific. 3. "great" – very great or greatest – the root word is a superlative (good is good, better is better, best is best). One, it is great in its membership. The great whore has taken over America along with most so-called "Christian Nations." Two, it is great in its influence as it has not only power over individuals but also power over nations. Three, it is great in its wickedness. It is wicked internally and externally as it denies the singularity of the Lord Jesus Christ as deity, Saviour, Mediator. It is great in its final result: the damnation of hell and the Lake of Fire eternally. Salvation is the Gospel (death, burial, and resurrection) of Jesus as the ONLY way of salvation. By faith, through grace and not mixed with human merit! To add or take away from the finished work of Christ is to pervert the Gospel into "another gospel." Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 4. "whore" The First Mention of the word whore is found in Leviticus. Leviticus 19:29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness. This verse ties two words together: prostitute and whore. A whore is a woman of immorality while a prostitute is a whore who sells her wares for gain or profit. Prostitute – profane or to wound. "a person, in particular a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment." This definition ties prostitute with payment. Whore – to commit fornication for a price. Often, in the Bible, it is tied with idolatry. 2. The result of prostitute and whore is whoredom and wickedness. Whoredom – prostitution in general; to lead into sexual impurity or spiritual idolatry. Wickedness – the result is a turning the nation into ungodliness. h. Now, as we begin this chapter, we understand how God looks at this "great church." God calls it "the great whore." I took the time to give you an understanding of this because religious people think that I am personally responsible for defaming it. It does not matter what I think, it does not matter what you think, it only matters what God thinks and I believe that His message begins in complete clarity!
Some see the debate over Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a disagreement between those who think racism is real and those who do not. But this is not the case. Thoughtful critics of CRT understand that it is not merely a tool for understanding the history of racism. Rather, CRT’s oppressor/oppressed framework is a way of understanding and interpreting the world—one that is significantly in conflict with a biblical worldview because it offers a different understanding of truth.For Christians, God is the source of truth, and His truth is revealed to us in Scripture. But proponents of CRT see truth differently. They see the “right versus wrong” view of the world as part of the oppressive systems they seek to overthrow. Consider the following comments from an advocate of CRT:“Heterosexual white men in this society tend to have a dualistic view of the world: we are either right or wrong, winners or losers. There is only one truth, and we will fight with one another to determine whose truth is right. To understand oppression requires that we accept others’ experiences as truthful, even though they may be very different from ours. To live with equality in a diverse, pluralistic society, we have to accept the fact that all groups and individuals have a legitimate claim to what is true and real for them”– Cooper Thompson, “Can White Men Understand Oppression?” Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, p. 478From this perspective, experience guides us to truth, and what is truth for me might not be truth for you. From a biblical perspective, this kind of thinking is very dangerous because our feelings about reality often conflict with reality. Scripture tells us that our feelings can deceive us: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9, ESV). Furthermore, Jesus said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person” (Mk. 7:20-23).The Bible constantly reminds us that our feelings can align with reality but often do not. Even though the accuser might condemn us, Scripture says “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). In addition, the moments in which we feel most self-satisfied are the moments we are reminded to “humble yourselves therefore before the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6).Endorsing multiple, subjective versions of truth is not the only way CRT conflicts with the Bible’s understanding of truth. This 2018 tweet from Union Seminary in New York City (not to be confused with other institutions named Union) illustrates that for some, critical theory becomes the standard through which Scripture is interpreted. The seminary said, “While divinely inspired, we deny the Bible is inerrant or infallible. It was written by men over centuries and thus reflects both God’s truth and human sin & prejudice. We affirm that biblical scholarship and critical theory help us discern which messages are God’s.”When you use critical theory to interpret the Bible, you give it a higher authority in your life than Scripture. CRT also encourages us to apply different moral standards based on the racial identity of the people involved. This was made evident in a controversy over a series of tweets from a former New York Times editor named Sarah Jeong.When the Times hired Jeong in 2018 her Twitter history surfaced, including tweets that said the following: “Oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” July 2014“Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins.” December 2014At a minimum, these tweets were unkind, and should they have been directed at any other ethnic group, they would have been universally decried as racist. Does directing them at white people make them not racist? By the standards of CRT, yes. This perspective was articulated by Zach Beauchamp, a writer at the left-wing outlet Vox. Discussing the dustup, he argued that “The underlying power structure in American society” is what differentiates these tweets from “actual racism.” In other words, these tweets weren’t “racist” because they targeted the race that CRT deemed it acceptable to be hateful toward.This view of morality stands in direct contrast with Scripture, which tells us that God will judge each of us for our actions. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor. 5:10). There are no exceptions or allowances for sin based on our skin color or that of the people we might offend. “God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done’” (Rom. 2:6, NIV) and, unlike humans, He shows no partiality (Rom. 2:11, 10:12; Col. 3:25).Because of the persecution faced by first century Christians, Paul told the church to “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” (Rom. 12:14). Likewise, Jesus told us how to respond to those who wrong us: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Mat. 5:44). The reason for this is that loving people who love us is unexceptional. As Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them” (Luke 6:32).So, we see that CRT is not merely a tool to evaluate the sin of racism. CRT offers a worldview that is incompatible with Scripture and the way God has called us to live.
Destroyed_CapitolGod is not a patriotic American.  Before you try to crucify me for making a statement like that, let me explain what I mean.  God has no preferential treatment among nations.  He would be just as pleased to bless Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine, or America.  It is all the same to Him.  In fact, I believe that Scripture teaches clearly that God would be very happy to bless every nation on earth.  Yet if this is true then why is it that God has blessed America so abundantly as compared to every other nation on earth.  The current international climate seems to indicate that God does favor America...that perhaps God is an American patriot.  Scripture defines two standards by which God judges nations.  Those nations that practice these two principles, he blesses.  Those who ignore these two end up living in the dark ages for thousands of years.  God has blessed America so greatly not because we are the bastion of liberty or because of our national pride, or because he is an American patriot.  He has blessed America only because we have historically followed these two principles.  So what are the principles that either drive nations to great blessing or to their knees?  "Righteousness exalteth a nation..."  ~ Proverbs 14:34 The first principles is our nation's relationship to righteousness.  God has blessed America because our nation has spent great effort promoting righteousness.  Historically many of our nation's laws were grounded in the Word of God.  Historically speaking our nation has been a religious people that promoted doing right.  Now our nation is quickly sliding down the road of embracing immorality and pure ungodliness as right.  On April 27, it became legal to marry men with men and women with women in the state of Iowa.  This only follows the trend of a few other states and helps to pave the way for others to come.  Even our president touts to the world that we are not a Christian nation.  And although you might debate about the idea that we may have once been a Christian nation, I believe that I must agree with our far left liberal president on this issue.  Today we are not a Christian nation.  The truth is that our nation is not characterized by rightousness as it once was.  In the 1800's a man named Alexis de'Toqueville came to America from France to observer and study the American model.  Our fledgling nation was rapidly expanding, our industries were booming, and our economy was strong.  After his study he cam to this conclusion, "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret and genius of her power.  America is great because America is good.  And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."  Would he come to that same conclusion if he were to have made his visit to America today? "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." ~ Genesis 12:3 The second principle is our nation's relationship to Israel.  Isn't it Ironic that within a week of American diplomats urging Israel to pull out of Gaza our nation was hit with one of the worst hurricanes our nation has experienced.  No friends, I don't believe it is ironic that Hurricane Katrina followed on the footsteps of these events.  I believe that it was the hand of an almight God who was simply following through on a promise that he made to an old man all those years ago.  If our nation continues to turn her back on the people that God has chosen to safeguard, then soon God will turn his back on our nation.  They are currently passing a bill in Congress that will make it illegal for preachers to proclaim the truth about the wickedness of homosexuality.  Preaching against sin will soon be classified as "hate crimes."  The world looks on us as if we are crazy, divisive, and exentric.  They believe that so much, in fact, that they are willing to pass laws to illegalize our preaching against sin.  They must silence us.  Yet they fail to realize this one thing.  We are not the enemies to the government.  We are not the enemies to this nation.  Their sin is.  The preaching of rightousness from the pulpits across this nation is the only thing that can save our nation from total destruction.  We must once again elevate the Word of God and the power of the cross in our churches.  We must stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the cross!A new stimulis package is not going to save our economy.  Rightousness will.  Prison reform will not curb crime in America.  Righteousness will.  Increased education spending will not save our nation's youth.  Righteousness will.  Righteousness will.  Righteousness will.In Christ,Nicholas Z. Cardot
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