Post date: Jun 9, 2016 3:03:15 PM
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love;
endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." ~ Ephesians 4: 2-3
Years ago, I heard Dr. Jack Hyles tell this story concerning Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., Brother Lester Roloff, and Dr. John R. Rice. During a chapel service at Bob Jones University, Brother Roloff was preaching on the evils of television. Dr. Hyles was sitting between Dr. Rice and Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. As Roloff was preaching, Dr. Jones leaned over Hyles and spoke to Dr. Rice. Dr. Hyles thought surely this would be a conversation of deep importance, and he listened to what Dr. Jones was saying. While Roloff preached on, to Dr. Hyles' surprise, he heard these words, "Brother John, I don't care what Brother Lester says. I still like " I Love Lucy." In your lifetime, you are going to deal with people who will not see some things as you see them. How you react towards them is of great importance! Notice the words in the above verses, "Longsuffering", "Forbearing", and "Endeavoring." While you are seeing the error in their life, others are seeing the errors in your life. Instead of writing people off, why not show them the love that the above verse speaks of.
May we learn to take a firm stand on sound Bible issues, but at the same time, may we not consider ourselves better than those we disagree with. Dr. Jack Hyles, Dr. John R. Rice, Dr. Lester Roloff, and Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. are all great men of God. They had their differences; however, their differences didn't separate them, nor damage their love for each other.
June 5th, 2016
From the Pastor,
James H. Baker