The Old-Time Religion
 
Introduction 
I am so thankful for all those wonderful men of God of the past and the men of God of the present for their stand on the old-time religion. Why? Because it works. I have said hundreds of times over the years that one of the main differences that can be clearly seen is that the old-time religion applied, works! This pastor has been to hundreds of conferences through the years, and some promote themselves as the old-time religion or church like it used to be. But, what I find is nothing but a watered down version and a lot of hype, drums, and contemporary music. Just what reveals the old-time religion?
 
The Person Being Exalted.  John 16:13-14
The old-time religion has always exalted the Saviour. The One Who died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day. The old-time religion did not spend it’s time promoting money making enterprises, and talking about how God will make you rich if you send a television preacher some money. No! No! No! A thousand times no! It is about the Saviour, Jesus Christ the Lord! John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9.
 
The Power of the Holy Spirit. John 16:7-8
In every situation and in every miracle revealed in the Word of God, you will find the convicting and powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. Convicting of what? “…sin, and of righteousness and of judgment…” I remember many years ago attending a pastor’s school in Hammond, Indiana with Jack Hyles. Thousands were in attendance and Dr. Curtis Hutson was preaching the message. The presence of the Holy Spirit was so evident that the air felt heavy and thick. I asked Mrs. C, that’s what everyone calls my wife, “Am I imagining this?” Vida said, “No! I feel it too.”
 
The Presentation of Clear Bible Doctrine. Acts 2:41-42
1. Salvation by grace. Ephesians 2:8-9. 2. The Final Authority of God’s Word. Galatians 1:8-9, and Psalm 12:6-7, John 5:24. 3. Baptism by Immersion. Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:36-38. 4. The Local New Testament Church. Acts 8:1, Acts 13:1, Acts 20:17, Revelation 2-3. 5. Personal Soul Winning. Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 8:4, Acts 20:20. 6. The Way of Salvation. John 10:9, John 14:6, Acts 4:12. 7. Faith. Romans 10:17, Galatians 2:16. 8. The Doctrine of Creation. Genesis 1:1, Colossians 2:16. Point to Make: Very few preachers will say this, but let me make it absolutely clear: Anyone who believes in evolution is Lost! Lost! Lost! Dumber than the mess they say we spawned from. 9. The Coming Again of Christ. John 14:1-3, I Thessalonians 4:13-17. 10. The Reign of Christ. Revelation 20:4-6. 11. The Judgment to Come. II Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:11-15, Matthew 25:32. Whether it be the individual nations, Christians or the lost sinner, all must give account.
 
The Personal Application of Scriptural Standards. James 1:19-26
What a mess I see everywhere I go. It is heart-breaking. Two verses stand out when I think of, not the world, but professing Christians, those who say that they trust Christ. Genesis 6:5 “…every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…” Judges 17:6 “…every man did that which was right in his own eyes…” What do I see? Men professing Christ that rarely come to church. Hebrews 10:25. Women wearing mini skirts, and clothing that reveals their breasts and thighs. Leviticus 18:16-23. Teenage girls and boys with hardly anything left to the imagination. I Thessalonians 2:9-10. Professing Christians drinking alcohol and finding nothing wrong with swimming together. I Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 20:1, Proverbs 23:29-35, I Corinthians 6:9-11, “…nor drunkards…” and, “such were some of you…”
 
Conclusion
Don’t miss what I am about to say, if you don’t have the old-time religion, then you do not have a religion that is either salt or light. Question: If you believe the Bible, like so many say they do, then why do you so rebel and reject what the Bible is actually saying? Are you for real? Are you sure?
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