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Proper Communication

by Pastor Alan Davis

OK Folks,

Looks like we are going to be moving the day of the week for our regular blog; both written and video. Starting this Monday, Feb. 15, we will be releasing our written blog around noon and our video blog around 3pm EST. We have been advised this would be the best time for the most people to read or watch the blog. So hang on till Monday and we will deal with Dr. Russell Moore and what appears to be his theologically left leaning leadership at the ERLC

Today I want to be on a more upbeat note in a short blog about our North Carolina Baptist Newspaper, the “Biblical Recorder” and the Editor in Chief, Allan Blume. As I was looking at my latest hard copy of the BR, I realized that I get briefly updated each month by the work that Brother Allan Blume and his staff do for us. Though Allan and I may not 100% agree on all things I have come to trust him and the staff at the BR. If they are lacking it is in a couple of areas like posting more feedback articles and maybe a need for a little more in-depth look at grassroots issues that the national entity folks totally ignore. But overall the staff at the BR keep us informed and I, for one, am thankful.

There are articles of encouragement, edification and then articles that even report a few of the negative things going on, but they’re factual. They let us know about works from the National Convention and what’s going on from that level all the way down to the small local churches most of us pastor in the towns and communities of NC. Though I sometimes utilize the internet version of the BR, most of the time being a book person I love to wait and read my hard copy. Many times I find out Baptist news that I had not been informed of before and I find it factual and to the point. The BR even reports the local NC news of pastor’s passing and encourages us with pastor’s appointments to local churches.

These folks at the BR do a good job and Brother Allan Blume is to be commended on being accessible to the rank and file pastors of NC. Every time I’ve contacted Allen he contacts me back and usually within the hour! That is impressive of someone heading up a rather large Baptist entity. I feel, and wish, others would take note of Brother Allan’s communication skills.

We sometimes take for granted those things that we get use to. We Baptist in NC should be glad we have a Baptist entity that seems to want to get out as much Baptist news as they can in a factual way and want to have communication with the rank and file pastors and members of the local church. I pray God keeps blessing Brother Allan Blume and those who work hard for us at the Biblical Recorder.

Sola Scriptura,
Pastor Alan Davis
2/13/2016

 

Beating the Bushes

by Pastor Alan Davis

Hey everyone, I am Alan Davis, born and raised in the Mountains of WNC, I married and still have the wife of my youth and three grown children. God saved me and then later on called me to preach the gospel and pastor a local church. I have been a Christian for almost 30 years now and I have been a Southern Baptist pastor for 20 years, the last 17 years at the same church, Woodland Baptist Church in Waynesville NC. We have sent out over 14 Southern Baptist pastors into various churches and positions and we have mothered 2 successful Southern Baptist church plants from Woodland. I have a been a member in 3 Southern Baptist churches and all three have supported the Cooperative Program each year and other Southern Baptist causes with my encouragement as a leader. I have served in a variety of offices as a Southern Baptist. I was raised in a Southern Baptist family who attended the same Southern Baptist church all my life. So I do not write nor speak as one who has no idea what goes on in Southern Baptist life. This is the introduction to a 5-6 part series on some issues of the lack of communication from leaders, the involvement of us as Southern Baptist with radical, secular and worldly groups in unholy partnerships, the linking of us as Southern Baptist with those who teach false doctrines and the selling of doctrinally unsound books and studies by unsound authors.

I, like many, have had the “new” wear off and can see clearly without rose colored glasses. I am not climbing some Southern Baptist church or entity ladder. I have put down roots for what looks like my life here at Woodland. I am not an unofficial member of some personality cult of a big name preacher. I don’t have to rub shoulders at all with the powers that be.  I am saying all of that to point out I am speaking as one in the trenches of the gospel battles, not as one in some ivory tower. I have no axe to grind, no personal conflict in the least with any of the men I will mention through this series. So as many of us who have tried communicating our issues have found, we hear nothing from the entity heads or workers but their defenders attack us personally with slander and attempt to marginalize us as crazy’s, like Jonathan Merrit from New York in his latest hit piece defending Moore. This has been the mode of operation for those who are rabid defenders of these men to immediately attack the motives and persons of those raising any issues. No doubt this will continue from those who have joined the cult of personality. Those who refuse to consider that their idol may make some serious mistakes that could harm the direction of our convention. Those folks may never see the truth as they are blinded by personality worship. We pray God will deal with them on that issue.

Now lest you think me ungracious or accuse me of not attempting a private conversation with these men you should know a few things. I want to disclose that I have contacted each of these men in numerous ways; e-mails, messenger, phone calls, Twitter and Facebook. They have been told I was going to do these series and I have been contacting them to respond in some way, in any way, over and over and I have had zero response except to be blocked by three of them. After more than a dozen contacts each in multiple ways asking for clarification they finally chose to respond by blocking me and with total silence. Now, just so you know, I never used vulgar comments nor made any family, personal or intellectual attacks. I did use sarcasm at times and was pointed but always open to any response but never received anything but silence and blocking.

Have you wondered why Russell Moore and Karen Swallow Prior want those who work on the front lines battling abortion, which I do, to use softer terminology, to cease calling abortion murder? Really they said this…and more. Have you ever wondered why Russell Moore uses snarky tweets to condemn anyone who would DARE support anyone but his man Marco Rubio for president even to the point of questioning YOUR salvation if you are supporting anyone else? Have you ever wondered why Russell Moore and Karen Swallow Prior has us as Southern Baptist tied to radical animal rights organizations in partnership with them like HSUS? Ever wondered how animals going to heaven ever got to be a subtopic of a work of the ERLC? Ever wondered how that got to be a direct gospel issue that you and I should fund? Do you remember that being part of the Southern Baptist Convention platform? Me neither.

I too have wondered over and over how Russell Moore has linked us with radical immigration issues and radical immigration groups wanting complete open borders with almost no controls. Moore and the ERLC has us linked with radical refugee systems with unsafe vetting processes, linking us as Southern Baptist in support of a presidential candidate that supports open borders and lax refugee issues. Moore’s presidential candidate also supports the morning after pill causing abortion and is soft on abortion, the murder of babies. Russell Moore’s candidate, Rubio also supports the erroneous theory that homosexuals are born that way and can’t help themselves. As a Southern Baptist who believes that the truth of the Word of God should be our only guide, that it is without error and is infallible.  As a Southern Baptist who believes that the Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation even to the homosexual and that God can overcome any and all sexual sins. As A born- again Christian and Southern Baptist that believes the Word of God with the Spirit of God IS the reparitive therapy that can over come illicit sexual desires even homosexuality. As a Southern Baptist who stands for truth and that the sin of abortion is murder and it should be called such instead of pampering the sinner that the sinner should be graciously confronted with their sin before they will even know they are in need of forgiveness for their sin. As a Southern Baptist who believes that the act of sexual perversion, including homosexuality, is a blatant sin before God and that those who continue in such prove they are without God. Do you, like me, as Southern Baptist, oppose Russell Moore’s and Karen Swallow Prior’s friendly support and obvious tacit approval of those in the “Level Ground” gay film festival each year? I find it totally anti-scriptural and certainly Moore’s and Prior’s homosexual friends leave thinking that these Southern Baptist, your representatives and my representatives, approve of their lifestyle in general though with a few nuances of disagreement. Those living a homosexual lifestyle attending Level Ground leave believing that those living in such lifestyles are formally in the family of God but just have a slight disagreement with their brother and sister. This is the tacit approval the ERLC gives to this group who need the life giving gospel and a clear call to come out of their sin unto salvation.

If you find that and more totally appalling coming from your paid representative who heads a Southern Baptist entity that YOU pay for then please hang on for the next few weeks as we expose the obvious unbiblical and leftist slant of not only Russell Moore at the ERLC but also of the ecumenical movement by our convention president Ronnie Floyd as our Southern Baptist president links us with hyper charismatics and false prophets who claim to raise the dead and to perform all sorts of wild miracles, who have made totally unbelievable claims and who hold to wicked and perverse doctrines. Yes, our president Ronnie Floyd linking himself and us as Southern Baptist directly with purveyors of false doctrines and actually outright liars. Hang in there and we will expose the ungodliness of much of the material of LifeWay and how Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer full well knew they were and are peddling false doctrine material for profits and gain, and how they fleece churches and put on an air of godliness while doing all this. How both Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer both knew about false books of heaven almost a year in advance and refused to deal with the issue till the story broke in national media (Alex Malarkey case) and then they lied and said they only just found out and took the books off the shelf. We will reveal many, many more issues all with documentation and links.

I also want to be clear that I am NOT calling these men’s salvation into question. It is my opinion that these men aren’t intentional wolves but err for pragmatic and political means, both Southern Baptist politics and US politics. And they have leaned heavily in these erroneous directions. I was in support of each of the four men I  have mentioned when they were placed in their positions and I was vocal in that support. I am not condemning these men as unbelieving wolves in our midst. If they are they are well concealed and it is above my discernment at this time to see that. However it is easy Christian discernment to see the errors of some of what they are doing and leading us into.  I can not, nor will I, give them my support in the worldly pragmatic actions. And I believe if you will honestly consider this series you will tend to agree with me that the issues and areas we will look at the next few weeks will be troubling to you as a Christian and a Southern Baptist. That some actions need to be taken by the respective trustees on our behalf, the ones who pay for all this. It is time for the trustees to represent you and I and not act as a protecting buffer for our employees. And we will deal with the Trustees in this series also.

So stay tuned at our blog, on periscope or our podcast for the first in a multi-part weekly series which will show the unbiblical and leftist leaning of some of the leaders of our great convention. Hopefully as with the Alex Malarkey case it will get attention and some correction will take place.

You can read the written blog by going to our website http://www.woodlandbaptist.org. There’s a link on our home page in the lower right hand side that says Read More which will take you to our wordpress blog.

You can see the video blog by tuning in to Periscope and following Woodland Baptist or like us on FaceBook (Woodland Baptist) or follow us on twitter (WoodlandbChurch) and a link will come up as we do the video blog.

 Sola Scriptura,
Pastor Alan Davis
2/6/2016

Alone with God

By Pastor Alan Davis

Living above 4700′ with the nearest state road being two miles from our cabin it goes without saying that I have spent some time digging out of this latest winter storm. Even with the aid of a four wheel drive tractor it makes for some long hours trying to get the road passable. Those long hours spent alone out in the middle of God’s solitude and nature are times though that I cherish. They are times that allow me to think and dwell on the deep subjects of theology, to talk in the quiet of His creation to the God of all the universe. It is times like this that God brings a stillness to my soul and a sense of peace to my spirit.

As the Lord Jesus walked this earth in His ministry here among men He too sought the solitude of His creation and alone time with the Father. Jesus intentionally came apart from the crowds, the hustle and bustle of the market place and found places to be alone with the Father and to be re-energized to continue ministry. In in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 14 we see Jesus has been busy with ministry and teaching among the crowds and the Disciples. Then in verse 23 we read something that may seem unusual in our days of multitasking and working from home into the wee hours. There the Scriptures tell us “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” Jesus “sent” the crowd away! He pulled himself “apart” from the people and intentionally got alone with the Father, alone. If our Lord, who is God in the flesh, perfect in every way, needed to stop and get alone with the Father and pray, then how much more do we, who are imperfect children with no claim to deity, need to get alone with the Father?

In the hustle and bustle of this busy world, in the hectic day to day modern schedule we all have, we need to plan and intentionally have times to re-energize with our heavenly Father. There we will find peace for our weary spirits and a sense of rest for our souls that cannot be found even in the good hustle of ministry. As the old preacher Vance Havnor once said, “you better come apart to be with God before you fly apart”. Find rest and peace for your spirit and soul in quiet times with the Father.

 Sola Scriptura,
Pastor Alan Davis
Woodland Baptist Church
1/30/2016

Consistency in Faith

by Pastor Alan Davis

In our culture today one of the most prevalent problems churches have is consistency of members. LifeWay’s research of the most recent statistics on church attendance reveals an alarming trend. Baptist church members consider regular attendance to be 50% while just a few years ago the same people considered regular attendance to be 75%. This translates in a similar fashion to church sponsored Bible studies. It is an alarming trend when those who claim to possess the Spirit of God hold a low view of the Bride of Christ. We are told through scripture to not neglect the regular gathering of the saints. The New Testament places emphasis on the local body of Christ and a firm commitment of each believer to the local body.

The results of this downward trend are debilitating in several ways. First when one only comes 50% of the time to their local church they miss out on 50% of the Biblical instruction through preaching and teaching. Imagine if one only went to 50% of all their college classes. They would be dropped and would not receive any credit for the class. However IF the professor allowed it to happen the vast majority of the students would still fail the class due to only experiencing 50% of the instruction time. So those who attend on this “new” regular attendance schedule will be ill equipped when the storms of life hit them. They will not be scripturally prepared for the hard times or to make solid decisions in their life. It also may reveal a more pressing problem in the individual. If they do not care to be with the local body any more than 50% of the time it reveals a deep spiritual problem that at best points out a backslidden state or at worst an unconverted church member.

This trend also spells trouble for the local church. Have we failed to convey the love and commitment for the local body to our members? Are we giving them biblical tools to live by and with or are they being just entertained when they do attend? Does the local church have any gracious accountability built in that would address this? The church operates every week and inconsistency of workers leaves the local church scrambling to fill positions, some at the last minute.

It would do the church well to do an honest assessment of what we are feeding the sheep when they come. It would do those who claim the name of Christ and who have made a commitment to a local church well to honestly critique their church attendance in the light of scripture and prayer. Both would come out the better for it.

Sola Scriptura,
Pastor Alan Davis
Woodland Baptist Church
1/4/2016

Biblical Discernment

It seems that Biblical discernment has fallen upon leans times lately. In an effort to conform to our culture and appear tolerant in all things many Christians have parked the scriptural directives we have to be discerning people. Believers are directed in 1 Thess. 5:21 to “examine everything carefully”. The idea is to “test” or “prove”. It refers to the process of testing something to reveal it’s genuineness. Some may say “hold on! What about Matt. 7:1?” was Jesus not forbidding any type of judgment here? Actually when we take the context of Matt 7 Jesus was condemning hypocritical judgment, holding others to a higher standard than ourselves. He also was commanding that first we look inward and judge ourselves. However Jesus then gives a formula to help our brother in discernment.
We make judgment calls everyday. If you take your child by daycare to drop her off and the
daycare worker is holding a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand and a meth pipe in the other while staggering around talking incoherently, most of us would quickly make a judgment call and hightail it out of there. In doing so you just judged another person and situation, and rightly so. Jesus in His Word never forbade all judgment, only hypocritical judgment or the judgment of others hearts and motives. The latter is reserved for God to judge and Him alone. However we are called by Jesus to “Judge with right judgment” in John 7 and we are called to measure teachers of the Word and to hold each other accountable by measuring outward actions. We are to do this carefully, graciously and only after we have allowed God to search our on hearts and motives. However we are to be discerning. Biblical discernment can be hard work as it calls us first to be honest with God about ourselves and then it calls us to step out of the comfort of “tolerance at any cost” to be honest with other believers. We judge those within, those who claim the name of Christ. Here is where there is a great need of scriptural discernment and right judgment in our days. May we “examine everything carefully” and make “right judgment” while at the same time being honest about ourselves with our Lord. May we truly be discerning believers once again foregoing the “tolerance at any cost” cry of a humanistic culture.

A Daniel Moment

Not many days ago the county clerk in Rowan County Kentucky, Kim Davis, was thrust
to the forefront of national media for failing to issue marriage license of any kind. Her
claim is that it violates her conscience of faith to have her name on the marriage
certificate of a marriage that transgressed God’s Word. The ethics and theological
viewpoint of her actions can and are being debated but that is not what I want to bring
out from this national issue.
Right, wrong or indifferent Mrs. Davis actions press upon true believers a philosophical
question for all American Christians; when it really comes time for me to stand on a
theological belief will I stand or just find another way to compromise and retreat? No
matter what you think about the clerk from Kentucky she has found something many
American Christians may never find in our comfortable Americanized faith, “a hill on
which to die”.
Scripture reminds us to live peaceably with all men when possible, Rom. 13 reminds us
to live as good citizen’s and obey the laws of the land, however we also have the
principle of God’s law first. In Acts chapter 5 we see the apostles arrested for
propagating the gospel and brought before the legal officers of their day. The judicial
decision was made that they should be punished and ordered by the governing
authorities not to speak of the gospel or of Jesus. The apostles took their punishment
and said “we ought to obey God rather than men” and then went right back to rebelling
against the law of the land and preached and taught from house to house. We also
have the witness of Daniel who openly disobeyed the Kings law and did not ask to be
excused from his service and Daniels friends who did the same. We have the witness of
Jerimiah who was legally ordered to “stand down” and of John the Baptist who called
out Herod, against the law of the day, and lost his life. So when should we disobey the
laws of the land? When God’s clear commands confronts the law of the land we should
obey God. Kim Davis has caused all believers to look at ourselves and ask that
question, is there a hill I really would die on for God? Would I take the shaming of the
world, peer pressure, the jeering of the world, or jail for any cause of Christ? We may
not have the integrity equal to Daniel but all believers will have “Daniel Moments” when
your “Daniel Moment” comes what will you do? “May we be counted worthy to suffer
shame for His name”

The Real Surprise at the Grammys

by Pastor Alan Davis

There has been a lot of hoopla concerning the actions of many at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this past Sunday evening. Some sat back appalled at the perversion, crassness and coarseness of the evenings’ events and others have had their hackles up because some nominees either left early or did not show at all for the awards ceremony. Many parents have written, called or text their great displeasure at some of the “show” and many Christians have taken to Facebook, Twitter and other areas of social media to express their disgust with the whole “shebang”.

I want to put out a disclaimer here right off the bat: I did not watch any of the Grammys. Actually I had no idea they were even happening. With a Church to minister to, sermons to prepare for, evangelism to do, three children with a host of activities that I play a small part in and several good books that I have going, I have no time for what the rich and famous are doing. In short I actually have a life and live it regardless of what the artist crowd is doing. To be very transparent here, I could not care less who gets what for what song. I don’t care what Katy Perry is doing, ever! Nor do I care what Keith Urban thinks about anything. These are human beings who happen to be fortunate enough to sell their wares to people who seemingly have no life of their own and must in some sick way live vicariously through someone else. These so-called “artist” will die one day just like you and me and will take nothing with them and face a Holy God who will judge them based only on how they responded to His Son, Jesus Christ. The only concern I have for any of them is concern for their soul. (Even as a lost young man I cared nothing for what the “rich and famous did”, I had a life then too.)

And I will admit that I find it somewhat self-promoting for Christian artists to even take part in such a worldly affair and seek the accolades of men. Imagine having an awards ceremony for preachers!? We could have the best act preacher, the best dressed preacher, the loudest preacher, the best expository preacher, the best textual preacher, on and on ad nauseam. Silly, right? So why should those who say they sing for the glory of God seek any more accolades than you would expect out of those who preach the glorious gospel? But we will leave that for another blog another time.

Here is my point (or points!) for this past Grammys. Why does it surprise many Christians when they watch a worldly show of mostly worldly people owned by worldly people and expect anything different? Lost people are going to act like lost people. The mass homosexual marriage circus act, the demon whatever Perry act, and Beyoncé and Jay-z being, well Beyoncé and Jay-Z, should not surprise Christians. The old adage of “you get what you pay for” comes into play here. You take lost people, let them basically control the evening and live in a self-absorbed world, and what did you expect? Really, did you expect Beyoncé to come out like Ruth Graham? Did you expect “I Kissed a Girl and Liked It” Perry to come out and be all wholesome and all? Did you expect the Grammys to support traditional marriage or any scriptural stance of any kind? If you did then I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. Actually I like that they “came out”. The mask of false fronted decency is off and those who care not a whit about God or His Word are being seen for what they are: lost, wicked sinners who love their sin.  The lines have become more distinct between night and day. We (the American Church) have tried way too hard to be friends with the world.   Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1Jn 2:15-17)

These folks of the Grammys were just giving us a clear and living illustration of Rom. 1, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (Rom 1:18-25) 

However, the lost people playing out Romans 1 was not the real surprise of the evening. No sir, not at all. The real surprise (are you ready!?), the real surprise was all the Christians who flew home from a worship service of the Holy God of the universe to turn on that trash. The Christians who even decided not to attend their evening church services so they could partake in this perverted, demonic, sinful promotion – that is the real surprise! Another real surprise is the parents that let their children watch this filth, knowing the past of people like Jay-Z and company. Come on, get real, you had to know that the sewer was going to open up, do not act so surprised. And another surprise is the fact that many will excuse their actions away. Not the lost sinners who performed their wicked acts but the Christians who wanted to be entertained by the wickedness. Many in Lots family loved the sin of their sin-sick country and perished with them.know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  (Jas 4:4)

So what do we do? Well for starters let’s pray. Pray that God would change the hearts of the lost people who were acting like lost people. Pray that we will be more sensitive to sin and its disastrous effects. Pray that we as Christians will act with grace and share the gospel with grace. Pray that God would bring conviction on the Christians who support such crassness. Pray that all of us as Christians will be a little bit more discerning of what we take part in. Pray and thank God for at least two Christian artists who either left or did not attend and that others would do the same. Pray that God would keep each other strong in the faith. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”  (1Co 10:11-12) 

Next, let us look at ourselves and discern if we, as Christians, are more interested in entertainment and amusement than the Cross? Let us be honest with the Father and seek His will through His Word and let’s be a light of truth and holiness, not false piousness but real holiness that God gives us through sanctification, the setting apart from the common and unholy.  There are many times and instances that we must deny ourselves the things of this world that run opposite of God’s Word in order to strive for the faith. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mat 16:24)

 

  Sola Scriptura,
Pastor Alan Davis
Woodland Baptist Church
1/28/2014

 

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