From the mailbag

I thought I would bring this blog out of dormant status to report the following…:

It appears that one of my postings about a well-known Fundamentalist Baptist fraud must have struck a nerve!

Here’s the message:

Name: Robert
Comment: Are you a Christian…? I have only read one article of yours, the one on Riplinger. What you wrote is undoubtedly true, but if you are a Christian, which verses of Scripture do you specifically think justifies your saying, “Bring it on BITCH” once, let alone twice. Such speech is not Biblical and not of Christ, it is carnal and brings shame on Christ and also misrepresents the people you quote and makes it even appear as if they endorse your vulgar, violent attitude or that you are even part of their organization. You undermine the good you seem to have desired to do. Please remove those carnal comments, or be honest and make it perfectly clear that you are not part of the way of life organization and they do not endorse your vulgarity or attitude. I have not read any of your other blogs to see if this is a pattern, but just from what you have written above here on this contact page, your use of “jack crap” and that you were “screwed” out of a job, does seem to display a carnal attitude. Are you a Christian? Do you represent Christ, which is what Christians are supposed to do… be His ambassadors, representing Him, with His words. If you are a Christian, please pray about this. God bless you as you seek Him.

Time: September 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm
IP Address:
Contact Form URL:
Sent by an unverified visitor to your site.


I tried sending this guy a message back and it came back as an invalid e-mail address. For the record, he is talking about this posting here, which was written four years ago. At that time, I was a bit more angrier about things that happened to me, when I was involved with some of the local Fundamentalist Baptist crowd around here.

Furthermore, let me just say this; if you are going to have the guts to write me and complain about how I write stuff; at least have the stinking gonads to include your real e-mail address. otherwise, keep your judgemental, two-bit pharisee comments to yourself.

For the record, I was not then, and still am not now; involved with any sort of a Church now at all. The above little e-mail and judgemental, pharisaical mentality of the person who wrote me, is a classical example as to why. The IFB’s doctrine, for the most part is right on point. However, the stupidity, like above, is basically why I quit hanging around in the them circles. Not to mention the fact, that I had a pastor, This one here to be specific, do me really dirty. I won’t get into what happened, but it was enough to send me packing. Do not let those smiling faces fool you; those two guys on the front of that page are very, very evil, rotten, no-good people.

Sort of like this person who emailed me.

Okay, back to dormant status!


Trent Lott’s spirit strikes again!: Herman Cain accused of sexual harassment

I must say, I am shocked; I figured that they would keep it to silly posts mocking Herman Cain or Tut-Tutting him.  But no, the Trent Lott syndrome subset of the Republican Party, that Lilly white Republican establishment is feeling threatened. So, now they are dredging up his past.

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A funny thing

In a bit of a little follow up to my previous on Herman Cain.

I find it quite ironic that AllahPundit over HotAir would gripe about a leftist showing her true colors and making racist statements about Herman Cain. When his own Co-Worker Tina does the same thing, only in a more nuanced fashion.

But, then again, when AllahPundit posts Videos designed to make Herman Cain look like a buffoon, I guess one can only expect so much. I really thought AP was better than that, I guess I assumed wrong.

Sad state that blogging has become anymore; why I sometimes think about quitting blogging for good. 🙁

Daily Bible Reading and Devotion

As I said last night, I am making changes around here. If I am going to read my Bible in a year and do devotions; so are you that read here.

Daily Devotion for the day, is here.

Daily Bible Reading is Isaiah 41-42; 1 Thessalonians 1

I am off to ride my exercise bike and shave.

Blessings and Peace to you all.


About that posting on Canada

The alternative title to this posting should be, “owning up to that fact that I have let myself go, in the last six years, since leaving my last Church.”

Tonight I was looking at my logs and noticed that a posting about Canada, that I wrote in a fit of anger a year ago was gaining popularity on here. Well, that changed tonight, because I deleted the silly thing.

I mentioned on here Sunday that I had found a new Church. I am a Christian and it is time I started acting like one. Which means some things are going to change around here with the blog. They are:

  • No more classic rock videos
  • Bad Language: I am going to try and work on that….
  • No more behavior unbecoming of a follower of Jesus Christ — even with those I disagree with…

My reasons for this, are thus; what I do in the privacy of my home is one thing — what I do publicly on this blog is representation of my Church and of my Christianity. It is also for public consumption. The last thing that I want to do, is bring a reproach to the great Church that I just started attending.It says on my twitter bio that I am a lousy Christian. As of today, I am going to start a working’ on that lousy bit. If I screw up, call me on it, please and yes that includes the people who are not my friends.

I hope you all understand. But I am rounding another corner in my walk with the Lord and I do want you all to come with me. I won’t cut older posts, as that is in the past; unless it’s something very vulgar and some starts linking to it. But everything after this point will go through the, “is God pleased with this?” filter.

Thanks for reading…

Update: I wrote this originally on my iPod touch; I made the corrections needed here on the laptop.

Update on Church

I wrote here yesterday that I had an encounter with a man from a Church here locally. I had planned on going to that Church this morning; but I was unable to get my tired self out of bed this morning. So, I went to the evening worship service. I must say, that I did enjoy the service and will most likely be going there, for now at least. First impressions are everything; and I was impressed.

It is a Missionary Baptist Church; I have been to one other Baptist Church of the same stripe, and it was nice, but very small. I decided against going to that Church. Well, this one is bigger and has a good deal of people in it.The people were very friendly and the Pastor an older, but very intelligent and friendly man.

I am prayerfully considering the whole matter and I ask for your prayers going forward in it.


Possible New Church

I may be paying a visit to a Church in the area.

While I was at the hospital with my Dad, a man came over to me in the waiting room and handed me a gospel tract.

I very politely informed him, that I have a born again Christian since 1982. I also told him that I was looking for a new Church home. He invited me to check out his Church.

Turns out the Church is in the area here; it is one that I passed while driving in the area and one that I wondered about in the past. Well, the Church has a website and I looked at the statement of Faith and it pretty much is in line with what I believe as a Christian.

Pray for me, as I do this.

The Classless Left: Exhibit ST for Stacy Trasancos

…..and no, I am not calling Stacy Trasancos a classless lefty — but rather those attacking her.

This is Stacy Trasancos. This is her Blog.

Stacy is a former Baptist, turned Catholic. But, I won’t hold it against her. 😉

Stacy wrote a blog posting basically venting her frustration with gays. Because of this, the ugly left and ugly gays unleashed on her. See here and Here. Also, read the comments on that blog posting, some of them are threatening in nature. 😡 So, much for that New Tone we keep hearing about eh? :roll:

As I’ve wrote on here before; I don’t consider myself the greatest field service rep for Christianity. But I stand behind those who dare to say; “ya know? This is just flipping wrong…”

Hang in there Stacy. We’re with ya Lady! … God Bless You.

Stacy Trasancos with her seriously cute children!

Proving what I have believed about the left for a very long time; well, since blogging from 2006 on. That the left in this Country does not believe in freedom of speech or thought. That is because they are straight up fascists. Which is why I left, the left, like some other people I know.

Keep this in mind in 2012, will you please?

If have come looking for the article titled: “RECENT PENTECOSTAL SCANDALS”

I pulled it.

I felt that the article itself had no place on this blog. This is a “right of center” Political Opinion blog. Not a Christian Blog.

Further more, I am someone who is quite estranged from the Church and I just do not feel that I can be a very good defender of the Fundamentalist Christianity belief system that the author of that article promotes.

So, I yanked the article.

Do not misunderstand me here; I am a former pentecostal and I do well know the doctrines that they teach. However, I am not interested in using this blog as a crusade against them.

I hope you understand.




Memo to Jim Hoft: Find someone else to pick on!

I really hate having to write stuff like this, but I fear if I do not, this could start to become commonplace on the right.  As everyone who reads here knows — I have developed a zero tolerance policy against hate speech towards Israel and her people.  Well, if I am going to be that militant about the Israeli people and their land, I should be as militant about those who support her.

It appears that Jim Hoft, the owner of the Conservative Blog called “Gateway Pundit” is taken to mocking Christians on his blog.  This posting here is what I am referring.  My point is simply this:

Jim Hoft would not mock or deride Jews like this, He would not mock Roman Catholics like this, nor would he mock or deride Peaceful Muslims like this — so, why a group of Black Baptists who had a small group of people get out of hand?  Could it be because Jim Hoft has an inbred hatred of Christians — even Baptists —  or is it that he might possibly has an inbred hatred of blacks?  Those are important questions to ask, I feel and I would like to see his answer.

The reason why I am making a fuss about this is here; after the end of the Bush Administration and the end of the tenure of the Neo-Conservative majority and influence in the Republican Party there was this shift back to traditional Conservatism.  Which when it comes to foreign policy matters is a great thing.  However, it also seems that there is a rise in a sarcastic and in some instances a hostile attitude towards Christians in the Conservative and Libertarian Blogosphere.

There also has been a dramatic rise in hostility towards people of the Jewish Faith and linage on the right as well.  There has been, since September 11, 2001 there has been a great deal of hostility towards peaceful Muslims as well.  There is a line, between a genuine concern for our Country against Muslim extremists and a general hatred of Arabs and Muslims.  That line has blurred greatly in the last few years.  To be blunt about it: Norway was a wakeup call to everyone in the Anti-Jihad movement.  Hatred and Bigotry will not stop those in the Islamic Extremists movement; it will simply give them more ammunition against us. The Anti-Jihad movement needs to figure who the haters are, round them up, and publicly cast them out of the movement and shun them.

Further, let me also say this; I will be the very to admit that I have some serious issues with the social Conservative movement.  I know feel well about the stupidity within those ranks.  Furthermore, I also have a great disdain for the fascist mentality of those, who want to install a Christian version of Sharia law in this Country, toss out our Constitution, and dictate our laws directly from the Bible.  Those people, who are a small minority in the Conservative Christian circles, are as dangerous, as the radical Muslims and the radical progressives whom wish to destroy our Country.  Because I am a libertarian-minded Conservative, I will fight against those people on this blog, until my dying breath.  I believe in personal freedom and that means freedom from a Religion, if you so desire.

I find this idiotic mocking of those who happen to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God in Heaven and that the Holy Bible, or in my case; the King James Bible — is the Word of the Living God and contains the path to Eternal Life — to be highly offensive and very much repugnant.  Furthermore, I question the Conservative credentials of those who partake in this abject practice.

In closing let me say this; this blog was never intended to be a “Christian Blog”, nor was it ever intended to be a “Christian defense” blog.  However, when one’s religion is being mocked, oppressed and attacked, one most decide, “Do I stand, or do I remain silent?”  I choose to speak out.

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  (Matthew 10:32-33 KJV)

Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.  (Luke 12:8-10 KJV)

Video: The Truth about Anders Behring Breivik

I saw this tweet on twitter and watched this video and I jumped out of bed and came straight to the Computer here.

This comes via Bare Naked Islam:

This is not to justify or excuse this crazy man’s actions; it is point out what is happening in the media.

Why is Rick Perry associating himself with dangerous religious extremists?

I hate having to write blog entries like this; mainly, because I happen to like Rick Perry. However, because I am a blogger of the truth — and because I do not want to see Rick Perry wounded in the election. I am bringing this point up.

Rick Perry has a religious wacko problem and I mean a big one!

The story comes via the Texas Observer: (H/T to Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs for pointing this out)

On September 28, 2009, at 1:40 p.m., God’s messengers visited Rick Perry.

On this day, the Lord’s messengers arrived in the form of two Texas pastors, Tom Schlueter of Arlington and Bob Long of San Marcos, who called on Perry in the governor’s office inside the state Capitol. Schlueter and Long both oversee small congregations, but they are more than just pastors. They consider themselves modern-day apostles and prophets, blessed with the same gifts as Old Testament prophets or New Testament apostles.

The pastors told Perry of God’s grand plan for Texas. A chain of powerful prophecies had proclaimed that Texas was “The Prophet State,” anointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government. And the governor would have a special role.

The day before the meeting, Schlueter had received a prophetic message from Chuck Pierce, an influential prophet from Denton, Texas. God had apparently commanded Schlueter—through Pierce—to “pray by lifting the hand of the one I show you that is in the place of civil rule.”

Gov. Perry, it seemed.

Schlueter had prayed before his congregation: “Lord Jesus I bring to you today Gov. Perry. … I am just bringing you his hand and I pray Lord that he will grasp ahold of it. For if he does you will use him mightily.”

And grasp ahold the governor did. At the end of their meeting, Perry asked the two pastors to pray over him. As the pastors would later recount, the Lord spoke prophetically as Schlueter laid his hands on Perry, their heads bowed before a painting of the Battle of the Alamo. Schlueter “declared over [Perry] that there was a leadership role beyond Texas and that Texas had a role beyond what people understand,” Long later told his congregation.

Nothing wrong with that right? A couple of Ministers praying over someone right?

Well, it’s not the praying that is the problem; it’s the people doing the praying that is the problem.

This is the part of the story published that caught my eyes:

Some of the fiercest critics of the New Apostolic Reformation come from within the Pentecostal and charismatic world. The Assemblies of God Church, the largest organized Pentecostal denomination, specifically repudiated self-proclaimed prophets and apostles in 2000, calling their creed a “deviant teaching” that could rapidly “become dictatorial, presumptuous, and carnal.”

Assemblies authorities also rejected the notion that the church is supposed to assume dominion over earthly institutions, labeling it “unscriptural triumphalism.”

The New Apostles talk about taking dominion over American society in pastoral terms. They refer to the “Seven Mountains” of society: family, religion, arts and entertainment, media, government, education, and business. These are the nerve centers of society that God (or his people) must control.

Asked about the meaning of the Seven Mountains, Schlueter says, “God’s kingdom just can’t be expressed on Sunday morning for two hours. God’s kingdom has to be expressed in media and government and education. It’s not like our goal is to have a Bible on every child’s desk. That’s not the goal. The goal is to hopefully have everyone acknowledge that God’s in charge of us regardless.”

But climbing those mountains sounds a little more specific on Sunday mornings. Schlueter has bragged to his congregation of meetings with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, and the Arlington City Council. He recently told a church in Victoria that state Rep. Phil King, a conservative Republican from Weatherford, had allowed him to use King’s office at the Capitol to make calls and organize.

“We’re going to influence it,” Schlueter told his congregation. “We’re going to infiltrate it, not run from it. I know why God’s doing what he’s doing … He’s just simply saying, ‘Tom I’ve given you authority in a governmental authority, and I need you to infiltrate the governmental mountain. Just do it, it’s no big deal.’ I was talking with [a member of the congregation] the other day. She’s going to start infiltrating. A very simple process. She’s going to join the Republican Party, start going to all their meetings. Some [members] are already doing that.”

Okay, time to bust out with my Christian credentials here. As most of you know, who read this blog. I am a Born-Again Christian. but, I do not wear it on my sleeve really anymore. I have been “saved,” as the Christian World calls it, for 29 years. 21 of those years was spent in the Pentecost movement or type of Churches. I spent nine and a half years of that time in a Assembly of God Church in Southwest Detroit. So, believe me when I tell you; when it comes to this subject, I know full well, of what I speak.

When the Assembles of God denounces a group like this one here; believe me, it is for a very good reason. These people are kooks and I mean really, really, really bad kooks. The Assemblies of God in the spectrum of the Pentecostal movement are some of the most Conservative —- theologically speaking — Churches and people in the Pentecostal movement. These kooks that Rick Perry are hanging with, in that same spectrum, are the more progressive or radical kind.  These people make people like Benny Hinn, Rod Parsley and the many others look like boy scouts! 😯

What I am basically trying to say is this; and I hope like the dickens that someone sees this and advises Rick Perry on it — Rick Perry, if he wants to be elected President of the United States of America, needs to put as much daylight between these people and himself as he possibly can. These people are the Christian equivalent of say, the Muslim brotherhood; except maybe they do not try to kill people. What they do want to do is this; they want to rip out the United States Constitution and have a Government that dictates its laws from the Bible. The problem with that is this; the United States of America was not founded as a Christian dictatorship, it was founded as a Constitutional Republic.

This group of people who Rick Perry is hanging with are a part of the radical, extreme Christian Right. If Rick Perry thinks that the left and the liberal media will not savage him for this sort of association; he, with all due respect to the man and the office that he now holds — is crazy.

During the 2008 election, the right — including myself —- utterly brutalized then candidate Barack Obama for his radical and Anti-American Religious affiliations. I feel, that what is fair, is fair. Because I am not entrenched in partisanship, I believe that Rick Perry should either give an account of why he is associated with these people or disassociate himself from them.  As much as I know that the White House is now occupied by radical leftists — both former and current cabinet and staff members. I just do not believe that putting in a radical Christian Right President and cabinet is the answer to that problem.

We need a strong fiscal Conservative in the White House to bring this Nation back to its rightful place. We do not need some radical Religious nut-job in the White House. Lord knows, we had eight good years of that, and look what it got us. I say that as someone who suffered through those eight years. Also too, Do not think that I say this as a Fundamentalist Baptist with a “hard on” against Pentecostals. This is someone who has been around in the Christian world for a LONG TIME and I have seen what those people believe, and even as Pentecostals; they as nutty as they come.

In closing: Rick Perry needs to do the proper and right thing; or he should forget about running for President.

Cross-Posted at Alexandria


Video: Trailer: The Undefeated

It’s the Sarah Palin Movie. Personally, I loathe the woman, and this looks like a Sarah Palin propaganda movie. However, it looks like it might be a good movie, for a few good laughs perhaps? 😛

What this movie will not tell you; because the Sarah Palin cult never really tells the truth, is that Sarah Palin feels that she is entitled to be President of the United States, either because she is a woman or because she feels that it is some sort of bizarre calling for God himself. Which in the eyes of this Independent Fundamental Baptist is quite absurd.

I will not get into all the various reasons why I do not like Sarah Palin; the best thing to do, is go here and read all the posts tagged with her name, and then you will understand why it is that I detest this woman.

Again, it might be just be a good movie, but it is sole purpose is to promote all things shrieking harpy Palin.

(Via Mediaite)


Please, Click here to read a VERY powerful message from David W. Cloud (PDF)

I personally think that this PDF should be printed and distributed in every Independent Fundamental Baptist Church in America.

Photos of your host “Back in the Day”


Me in Kindergarten


No, my hair was not red as a baby. Old pictures, old film….


First Grade


Both of those were when I was at St. Stevens Lutheran School. (Now Closed…)

Skipping ahead to when I was a wee bit older:


Me in 1990 - Ecorse Baptist Temple Schools


Rocking the Baptist Theologian look.  😛 😀 (Funny thing, considering I was still a Pentecostal at the time! 😆 )

This next one is the last set of pictures of me ever made; this was around 1993 or so:


Me around 1993 or so. Taken at Grace Assembly of God Detroit, Michigan


I was rocking that the whole know-it-all Pentecostal Christian look; I guess. 😉 I also, around that time began to see that I could grow facial hair. Did zero to attract the woman; but it made me feel manly. 😀


What having an abortion does to a woman

Some of you do not understand why it is, that I so against Abortion, even to the point where I will do not debate it.

Well, please, go read this article here.

A sampling:

The Abortion

The doctor left the room and Steven came in.  He told me that I needed to have an abortion because of the smoke damage to my lungs and the oxygen deprivation I had suffered.  I said “No,” I wanted the baby.  I was five-months pregnant.  I could not believe he was even asking me to have an abortion at this stage.  He spent over an hour pressing me to go ahead and have the abortion.  He said that I was too young to have a baby and it would have brain damage because I had been in the fire and taken drugs.  I became very quiet and repeated the answer “No” more than once.  I said I should not be asked to make that decision while still in the hospital. He said I had to have the abortion now.  He said I was too far along to wait because it would be illegal for me to get an abortion in another week.

He sat beside my hospital bed, but we did not look at each other. I said no again. Finally he gave up and said, “OK, you can go home to your mother’s and have the baby there.”  I was worn out and began to feel hopeless.  My mother and stepfather would not be happy to have me return home pregnant.  I believed they would also want me to have an abortion.  I began to feel like life was caving in on me.  I had no health insurance or money and did not believe Steven intended to help provide for our baby or me.  He had not been providing medical care for me up to that time.  I believed he was abandoning me as my father and my mother had.  I began to cry and agreed to have the abortion. Steven was relieved and happy.  He reassured me that he cared for me and that after the abortion everything would be fine.

I was moved to another part of the hospital and a different doctor performed the abortion. It was a horrible nightmare I will never forget.  I was traumatized by the experience.  My baby had one defender in life; me, and I caved in to pressure because of fear of rejection and the unknown future.  I wish I could go back and be given that chance again, to say no to the abortion one last time.  I wish with all my heart I could have watched that baby live his life and grow to be a man.

The doctor did not explain what the procedure would be like. Steven watched when the doctor punctured my uterus with a large needle. Then I was taken to a room to wait for the contractions.  Steven sat beside me in the hospital until it was over.  When the nurse would leave the room he was snorting cocaine on the table beside my bed.  He even offered some to me once, but I just turned away, sick inside. Steven, high on cocaine, was emotionally detached, witnessing the procedure but cut off from the normal reaction and feelings of horror you would expect.  At the time I was shocked and hurt by his behavior.

But I know now that on an unconscious level, he must have been traumatized witnessing the death of his first-born son in such a horrific and direct way. Steven watched the baby come out and he told me later, when we were in New Hampshire, that it had been born alive and allowed to die.  (I was not allowed to see the baby when it was delivered.) Steven told me later that it had been a boy and that he now felt terrible guilt and a sense of dread over what he had done.  I did not know that such a thing could be legal.  I could not imagine a world where a tiny baby could be born alive and tossed aside as worthless without ever seeing his mother’s face.

Nothing was ever the same between us after that day, though I did not return home for over a year.  I became very quiet and withdrawn after the abortion.  I was grieving the loss of my baby and I could never look at Steven again without remembering what he had done to our son and me. I had just lived through a horrific fire that nearly claimed my life, but the abortion made me feel like part of me died with my baby.  I felt cheated and betrayed, and angry with myself for agreeing to something that I knew was wrong.  I felt deep anger and almost hatred for the doctor who performed the abortion.

Everyone around me seemed to be moving on with life, but I was carrying a wound that would not go away.  Steven was already involved with other women at that time. The fact that he was my guardian complicated things for him because he was legally responsible for me.  I was young, had dropped out of high school, and did not understand my legal rights at the time.  I felt completely powerless.

I left Steven in February 1977 and returned to live with my mother and stepfather. Steven called a few times after I returned home and then I never heard from him again.

Now, I very, very, highly recommend, in the strongest terms that I can convey in writing; that you go read the rest of that story.

Anyone that does not see this, and think twice about having an Abortion; does not have a damned soul. Abortion is murder and it is a sick, twisted mindset that allows that barbaric practice to continue.  I will, as a Christian, and as a Conservative blogger, continue to write against, advocate against and continue to use this blog to raise awareness of the barbaric practice of abortion.  It is barbarism and it must be stopped.

However, as a libertarian Conservative, I object to using the power of the Federal Government to stop the practice of abortion; however, I fully and wholeheartedly support a grassroots effort to stop the practice of abortion on the State level. This was a battle that pro-lifers, Conservatives and Christians alike fought in the 1980’s and ultimately lost; because they were, in this writers opinion fighting the battle in the wrong arena. It is my belief that Federalism should be applied across the board, in relationship to all matters and subjects. Not just on the subjects we choose to apply them.

The battle for the Soul of America, including the battle for the protection of unborn life is a noble one, it is a Christian one, it is a righteous one; and it must be fought by those with Godly wisdom and knowledge of laws and practice. We must as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.  Fighting this fight foolishly and with wrong ideas, leads to waste. In this late hour, waste is not an option.

(A special thank you of the highest order goes to a one Robert Stacy McCain for bringing light to this Story. Even thought Mr. McCain, “sold me up the river” a while back. I will be the Christian and give him credit where it is due.)


When times get tough, the Baptists get to work

Sorry folks, I know this is not a Christian blog, or even a Baptist one at that; but I have to brag on my people a little bit.

Via The Baptist Press:

JOPLIN, Mo. (BP)–“We are praying and will be sending help in every way we can,” the president of the Missouri Baptist Convention said in the aftermath of the tornado in Joplin that killed 116 or more people May 22 in a state already heavy leaden with Mississippi River flooding.

John Marshall, president of the Missouri convention and pastor of Second Baptist Church in Springfield, urged the state’s Baptists “to seek out ways to work with Missouri disaster relief efforts, or to contact a sister church in the Joplin area to give aid through. May God help the people of Joplin.”

Wanda Shellenbarger, MBC women’s ministry leader and a member of First Baptist Church in Carl Junction near Joplin, reported that Harmony Heights Baptist Church was destroyed along with the high school across the street and that a second church, Empire Baptist, also was leveled. Three were killed when the tornado hit Harmony Heights.

“We’ve had massive destruction and devastation here,” said Shellenbarger, who works part-time for an engineering firm. At least six of her co-workers lost their homes, she said, and one employee may have been killed in a rescue attempt.

“Please pray for all of us as we minister to so many hurting people,” Shellenbarger said. “God can use even this type of thing to reach more for Him.”

The really cool thing about Baptists is that they do not sit around and wait for some so-called supernatural mandate from God to come forth; unlike the tongue-babbling idiot crowds that I used to hang around. The Baptists just take the Word of God literally and go and do the work. The Baptist Mandate is:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.(Matthew 5:13-16 KJV)

Of course, there are many others in the Word of God; not that I believe in a works based Salvation, at all. I believe this to be the truth:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. — (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)

Yes, I know about the scripture that says “Faith without works is dead.” The problem is, that was the book of James; which was written before Paul had his revelation of Grace. The Baptist stance on that whole supposed contradiction is this; We Baptists are sinners, who are saved by Grace and our works are a physical manifestation of the Grace that God has shown us.  That is our mandate, nothing fancy, no big production, no vain glory. Just do the work and let the Lord Jesus get the Glory and the Honor; and let people see our works, so that those who choose to, can come to the throne of Grace and accept him as their Personal Saviour and Lord. No high pressure sermons, no guilt trips; just do the work, and the people see for themselves the Grace that God has shown us.

That is the Baptist mandate.

That is what Baptists do.