“Practice What You Preach,” they say, meaning we should do as we teach to others. One young preacher in his new ministry feared he would be run out of town. His older friend said: “Don’t let that bother you. Abraham Lincoln said he would not like it either, but for the honor of it!” The late preacher Marshall Keeble said that “preaching in season and out of season” meant: Preach the truth when they like it and when they don’t!” Friend, hear the late Leroy Brownlow’s famous sermon:
Vocal music in Christian worship, not mechanical music, clapping or stomping, is authorized in the New Testament. Arguments for 150 years have been answered over and over again. If you sing in worship, preacher, then don’t be ashamed to preach what you practice. Eph 5:19, Col 3:16.
Immersion for Baptism, not sprinkling or pouring water, is clearly taught in the Bible. “Much water” (Jn 3:23). “Burial in water” (Col 2:12; Rom 6:3-4). Only “one baptism” (Eph 4:5). Bring the candidates to the water, not the water to the candidates. What mother did will not matter.
Baptism is for the Remission of Sins, Acts 2:38, 22:16, Mk 16:16. Jesus said, “My word shall judge him in the last day” (Jn 12:48). What preachers like Charles Stanley said will not matter in the Day of Judgment. Worship in Assembly on the First Day of the Week. Preach it! Heb 10:25, Acts 20:7 and I Cor 16:1-2.
Do not be ashamed of the gospel! (Rom 1:16)
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