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Quotes from Elder John Leland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 20:13

In my evening studies, I came across two intriguing quotes from Elder John Leland.


"Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians." - A Chronicle of His Time in Virginia.

"Every man must give account of himself to God, and therefore every man ought to be at liberty to serve God in a way that he can best reconcile to his conscience. If government can answer for individuals at the day of judgment, let men be controlled by it in religious matters; otherwise, let men be free." - Right of Conscience Inalienable.


Wow!! What prolific words. John Leland was an amazing man and preacher. It is written that he was instrumental in gaining the freedom of religion in America. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting some of his article in PDF format to the MTZ article library.

Here is a short bio of Elder John Leland: http://primitivebaptist.info/mambo//content/category/5/20/36/



Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:16
Am I therefore become your enemy? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 19:38


Galatians 4:16 "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"


In Galatians, Paul had rightfully rebuked and exhorted the church at Galatia to return to the state of grace in which they had previously enjoyed. Was Paul mean? Was Paul their enemy? Paul greatly loved this church. Paul certianly meant for his exhortation to lead them to repentance. Even though his words were straight forward and to the point, he had their chief interest in mind. In today's "cotton candy" Christianity, ministers are neutered to a level that leaves them unable to proclaim almost any biblical truth. As a minister of the gospel, and a disciple of Christ, we are told to uphold truth even when it is not popular. Does this give us a licenses to act in a way that is offensives. No! God forbid. Paul exhorted Timothy to instruct in meekness with all long suffering (2Tim.2:25). Jesus pronounced woes to anyone that offended his little ones (Luke 17:2). The believer might answer, "I don't appreciate chastisement, nor do enjoy it." That is true for everyone. Yet Paul tells us that Chastisement  "yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." The gospel itself is for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2Tim3:16).


Truth is unpopular more times then not. Truth can make the dearest friends treat you like an enemy. Yet truth should never be compromised. Truth should only clear the fog of a persons mind and wayward life. John Gill writes, "Telling the truth in such a manner often brings many enemies to the ministers of Christ; not only the men of the world, profane sinners, but professors of religion, and sometimes such who once loved and admired them." Dear reader, how do you handle truth? How do you handle correction? How do you take exhortation? Do you hate those whom you once admired? Whether it be your father, mother, brother, or pastor; we should thank God for these people. They are those who only wish to bring you into closer communion and fellowship with God.


Please take the time to read below; John Gill's commentary on this verse:


Am I therefore become your enemy,… Not that he was an enemy to them, he had the same cordial affection for them as ever; he had their true interest at heart, and was diligently pursuing it; but they, through the insinuations of the false teachers, had entertained an ill opinion of him, and an aversion to him, and treated him as if he had been an enemy to them, and as if they had a real hatred of him: and that for no other reason, as he observes, but

because I tell you the truth; the Gospel so called, because it comes from the God of truth, is concerned with Christ, who is truth itself, and is dictated, revealed, and blessed by the Spirit of truth; and is opposed unto, and is distinct from the law, which is only an image and shadow, and not truth itself: it chiefly respects the great truths of salvation alone by Christ, and justification by his righteousness; and may also regard what he had said concerning the abrogation of the law, blaming them for the observance of it, and calling its institutions weak and beggarly elements; all which he told or spoke publicly, plainly, honestly, fully, and faithfully, boldly, constantly, and with all assurance, consistently, and in pure love to their souls; and yet it brought on him their anger and resentment. Telling the truth in such a manner often brings many enemies to the ministers of Christ; not only the men of the world, profane sinners, but professors of religion, and sometimes such who once loved and admired them.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:15
Unconditional Love PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:36

A thought for today:

Though God is not pleased with sin, He loves you no less when you are engaged in grievous sin. Though God is pleased with righteousness, He loves you no more when you are walking obediently. His love is everlasting and unconditional.

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:35-39

"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." - Jeremiah 31:3

Isn't that amazing?

Interesting Quote: Public Education and Humanism PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:28

I found this quote very interesting. I stumbled upon it while reading the newly released 2nd Edition of Be Ready To Answer by Elder Michael Gowens. See if the words trouble you as they should.

‎"Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism." - Charles Francis Potter, a signer of the Humanist Manifesto

Troubling indeed. This is the primary reason our family chooses to home school and also the primary reason home schooling is so fervently opposed by the far left in America.

You can order Michael Gowens' Be Ready To Answer by following this link: http://sovgrace.net/books/175-be-ready-to-answer

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:37
No Pleasure in Wickedness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:23


For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. - Psalms 5:4

My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure... - Isaiah 46:1

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. - Philippians 2:13

Observe, God has no pleasure in wickedness, period. This includes your own personal sinfulness and the sinful actions of others.

Concerning the actions of God, He will do all His Will according to His good pleasure, but at no time is He pleased with wickedness. This means that God is never the cause of sin, ever.

In consideration of our daily activities and behavior, since God works in us to do His good pleasure, this CANNOT include sin because God has no pleasure with sin. The sinful actions we do are from the nature of the flesh, a product of the sin of Adam.

Again, God has no pleasure in wickedness, period.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:27
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