Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


William Lawrence was a Puritan and an eminent Christian. When he died, Philip Henry (the father of Matthew Henry, the Commentator) preached his funeral sermon at Wem in Shropshire, 26 February 1695. His text was “Weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.” (Luke 23:28) 

Years later William Lawrence’s son, Samuel, died, and Matthew Henry (Philip’s son) was called upon to preach his funeral sermon at Nantwich, in Cheshire, on 28 April, 1712. Matthew’s text was, “Lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.” (Philippians 2:27) 

This sermon was subsequently published, along with “a concise account of Samuel Lawrence’s life.” In that account, Matthew said that he had found the notes of his father’s sermon on “Weep not for me…” preached back in 1695; and quoting from those notes, he showed how his father had evidently thought that if the deceased could speak, the words of his text (“Weep not for me…”) would accurately and wonderfully express his happiness in Heaven. MHW 

“If you consider the happiness I am entered into, that fair palace in which death was but a dark entry, you would not weep for me, but rejoice rather.

“Would you know where I am? I am at home in my Father’s house, in the mansion prepared for me there. I am where I would be, where I have long and often desired to be; no longer on a stormy sea, but in a safe and quiet harbor. My working time is done, and I am resting: my sowing time is done, and I am reaping; my joy is the joy of harvest.

 “Would you know what I am doing? I see God, I see Him as he is, not as through a glass darkly, but face to face; and the sight is transforming, it makes me like Him. I am in the sweet enjoyment of my blessed Redeemer, my Head and Husband, whom my soul loved, and for whose sake I was willing to part with all; I am here bathing myself at the spring-head of heavenly pleasures and joys unutterable; and therefore weep not for me. I am here keeping a perpetual Sabbath; what that is, judge by your short Sabbaths; I am here singing Hallelujahs incessantly to Him who sits upon the Throne, and rest not day or night from praising Him. 

“Would you know what company I have? Blessed company, better than the best on earth; here are holy angels and the spirits of just men made perfect; I am set down with Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of God, with blessed Paul, and Peter, and James, and John, and all the saints; and here I meet with many of my old acquaintance, that I fasted and prayed with, who got before me hither.

 “And, lastly, will you consider how long this is to continue; it is a garland that never withers; a crown of glory that fades not away; after millions of millions of ages, it will be as fresh as it is now; and therefore weep not for me."

A Solemn Truth

Two friends met on the street. They had just heard of the sudden death of a mutual acquaintance, possessed of great wealth. 
"What has he left?" asked one. 
"He has left ALL," was the abrupt and unexpected reply. 
Yes, and when you come to die, you will leave all - your friends, your home, your pleasures, your money, your all. 
"We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." (1 Timothy 6:7)

 But there is one thing, you would give worlds to be able to leave behind, but you cannot - YOUR SINS, which you cannot leave behind unless you come to the Lord Jesus Christ and experience the cleansing power of His blood. "The blood of Jesus Christ (God's) Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7)


Glory in God alone

Another God-centered sermon by Malcolm Watts...

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pride: Three questions


Inappropriate use of the cross of Christ

Malcom Watts

 In the New Testament, the word 'cross' invariably refers to the instrument on which Jesus Christ suffered death. The Greek word properly signifies a stake, or upright pole; but the Romans modified this form of punishment and scholars have therefore found it difficult to determine the precise form of our Lord's cross. It is possible that he was nailed to a simple stake (the crux simplex), but it is more likely that he died on a stake with a transverse beam near its top (the crux immissa). There is nothing in the Gospels to enable us to determine this matter  certainty, although Christ's 'accusation' fixed 'over his head' may suggest a projection above the horizontal beam (Matt 27:37). What we do know is that the more elaborate cross, consisting of two pieces of wood, was in general use in the first century and, certainly, the ancient voice of tradition is in favour of it. Justin Martyr (Ad 110-165), one of the earliest of our Christian writers, testifies to the fact that this was the form employed. In a description of Christ's crucifixion, he says: 'the one beam is placed upright...the other beam is fitted on to it'.

continue reading here...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Are seminaries and bible colleges biblical?

This is an excellent post by bro. Mike Jeshurun....
There came to Him (Jesus) the chief priests and the scribes, and the elders. And say unto Him, By WHAT authority doest Thou these things? And WHO gave Thee this authority?” [Mark 11:27,28].
How history repeats itself! “From WHAT College have YOU graduated? And in WHICH Seminary were YOU trained”? are the modern forms of this query!
[A.W. Pink]
Recently I posted an article by a Brother who clearly exposed and repudiated the error of Transubstantiation or the ‘Real-Presence of Christ in the bread and wine, and the people who were contending for this error, were more interested in the ‘credentials’ of the said Brother than the truth he had presented!

Monday, July 16, 2018

God of wonders


The fact of Creation is either believed or it is not believed. It is either accepted and embraced by faith or it is massaged into oblivion, gently or violently. Belief does not require full understanding, only the settled assurance that what is stated in the Word is straight from the Mouth of God and therefore must be believed or one would find themselves in the reprobate category. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him." Heb. 11:6. Do you "believe that He is?" Is what? One who had nothing to do with the existence of earth and man? One who 'started the ball rolling' and left it to it's own devices and fate? One who "created" via some combination of limited creative power and 'evolution' as well? None of these describe the Creation of God as depicted in the Word and yet man, in his own wisdom, has done everything in his power to discredit God for our existence. They tell us that we who do adhere to God's Creation are fools for having faith in something that science cannot prove; and in the same breath tell of their much heralded "big bang" THEORY which their beloved "science" has never proven and further require us to 'have faith' in what they say rather than what God has said. Recently, as these "scientists" searched for their imaginary "god particle", they discovered quite by accident that their beloved "big bang theory" could never have happened. A brief statement to this appeared one day and was gone the next, seemingly scrubbed from reality as the conclusion did not suit their cherished idol. Not only are they fools ("The fool has said in his heart there is no God") but liars as well and expect the public to lap up their nonsense as truth. For anyone to deny the Creation in whole or in part is the same as saying "There is no God." Such is the mindset of the secular, lost, reprobate world.

 And such is the mindset that has boldly walked through the doors of nearly every "church" in America and the rest of the world being readily, willfully, and happily accepted by the masses therein. There is no end to the combinations of 'creation' and evolution that are presented as 'fact' by the hirelings who bilk wallets and destroy minds. Anything, everything is on the table except full on Creation by the Almighty Sovereign of all that is which is directly spoken of throughout the Scriptures. Whole chapters are devoted to describing His Creation: Gen. 1 & 2; Job 38 & 39; Psa. 104 along with many verses in other Books, dozens, if not hundreds of verses that glorify the Lord for His Creation. It is most telling that Rom. 1:18-32 informs us that the reason why man is 'given over to his own lusts' is not because he does not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, but that he refuses to believe that God actually Created all that is and gives the credit for his pathetic existence to anyone, anything but God Himself. Our Lord, being no respecter of persons, doles out the righteous and appropriate judgment to all who mock Him and blaspheme Him in this manner. It is only by the gracious intervention of the Lord that a man may escape his rightful due---by being born again, washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Eph. 2:1-4).

Do we understand all there is to know about Creation? Absolutely not! But that does not deter a believer from embracing it as fact, whether it is explainable or not---that why if's called "faith", the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It is a lie of the wicked one to demand full understanding of the things of God before they are believed. If you think not, then please explain in detail the working of the Spirit when a man is born again; please explain in detail the Trinity, the eternal ramifications of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and what of the Seven Spirits of God (Rev. 1:4 & 3:1)? The things given to us to know will be revealed in due time just as some things we will never know while in this body. Eternity is before us, shall we not learn of the Infinite and Eternal God who saved us throughout all of eternity?

One of the first things I "unlearned" was this nonsense of part Creation and part evolution. John 5: 46 & 47 hit me like a ton of bricks and immediately dispelled the lie so easily ingested by the lost. For a "Christian" to maintain a position of evolution mixed with some part 'creation' is a huge "tell" to the fact of his unregenerate state. Don't think so? Read again the verses of John 5 and Romans 1. Fool yourself at your leisure, you cannot fool the Holy Spirit.

Lord, open the eyes of Your Elect.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The fate of America

Reading from Matthew 12 verse 25, 'And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:" 

I dread reading any news, it's filled with the liberal left attacking the conservative right, or visa versa. America is divided against itself, its Government, its political parties, rich against poor, black against white, etc. This is ever increasing and becoming more violent at times and in certain situations. I am NOT a fan of President Trump and do not get involved in politics, I also do not condone attacking this President with unwarranted accusations as is common. Nor do I condone attacking persons with a different skin color than mine, for there is one race, all are descendants from Adam and Eve. 

With that said, I thought of the fate of this nation as I read the above verse. Let me share some commentary, starting with John Gill...

'every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; a government, in which there is a disagreement between the chiefs of it, and the body of the people, or where one part is opposed to the other, or in which a civil and intestine war is begun and prosecuted, cannot continue in any comfortable situation, and flourishing state, but must come to nothing: this is a maxim that has been so often fatally verified, that no one will doubt the truth of it; and the same holds true of lesser communities, of cities, and families:
and every city, or house, divided against itself, shall not stand. If citizens fall out with their magistrates, or one with another, and turn out, and disfranchise each other; and if the heads of families, and the respective branches thereof, quarrel with, and divide from one another, a dissolution of the whole must ensue; and the same may be said of the kingdom and government of Satan.' J. Gill

This is from Matthew Henry...

 Here is a known rule laid down, that in all societies a common ruin is the consequence of mutual quarrels: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every family too: Quae enim domus tam stabilis est, quae tam firma civitas, quae non odiis atque dissidiis funditus everti possit?—For what family is so strong, what community so firm, as not to be overturned by enmity and dissension? Cic. Lael. 7. Divisions commonly end in desolations; if we clash, we break; if we divide one from another, we become an easy prey to a common enemy; much more if we bite and devour one another, shall we be consumed one of another, Gal. 5:15. Churches and nations have known this by sad experience. M. Henry

Lastly, from Jamieson, Fausset and Brown...

"No organized society can stand—whether kingdom, city, or household—when turned against itself; such intestine war is suicidal".

It seems pretty clear that any nation/kingdom/household simply cannot continue on if it is divided against itself, as we see in this nation. How long before it all comes tumbling down? Only the Lord knows.

May the Lord of glory have mercy on America, may sinners be saved while there is still time.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The true way 'church' should be done

I recall reading the about the conversion of Andrew Dunn, a once staunch Roman Catholic who was given a New Testament, read it, and was converted by God. I recommend reading the entire story, from that story I want to share how Andrew and his family worshiped God - I will get to that in a minute.
 It is a sharp contrast to what we see today, people gathering in buildings of brick and mortar with big screens, praise bands, coffee shops, extravagant sound system and lighting, etc. Is this what God desires for His elect? I don't believe it is. I think the way 'church' is done is the reason why many of the elect are leaving organized religion - for it's a joke. 
I recall reading a piece by Dan Phillips at Pyromaniacs, a blog shared with the likes of Phil Johnson of GTY. In that piece Phillips rips on A.W. Pink for not attending a local church later in his life, among other things. I won't link to the piece because I despise that blog and have no desire to promote it or its authors, none of whom I say qualify as teachers, elders, or anything else for that matter. Pink made a very wise statement when he said "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." This applies first to our religious connections. How many Christians are members of so-called "churches," where much is going on which they know is at direct variance with the Word of God—either the teaching from the pulpit, the worldly attractions used to draw the ungodly, and the worldly methods employed to finance it, or the constant receiving into its membership of those who give no evidence of having been born again. Believers in Christ who remain in such "churches" are dishonoring their Lord. Should they answer: "Practically all the churches are the same, and were we to resign, what would we do? We must go somewhere on Sundays!" Such language would show they are putting their own interests, before the glory of Christ. It is better to stay at home and read God's Word—than fellowship with that which His Word condemns!"  Pink was spot on. Today most are brainwashed into thinking they must attend a church, become a member, get involved, give $$ to support a pastor who doesn't work but expects you to work, etc. 

Here is a sample of how Andrew Dunn did 'church'....

Family Worship. 
Andrew was for some time convinced that it was his duty, as head of a Christian family, to introduce family worship into his house. Since becoming acquainted with the Word of God he spent a part of every day in secret prayer. He had thrown his beads and charms of all kinds “to the moles and to the bats,” and prayed simply from a sense of his wants and a desire to be blest. But though he could do this when alone he was afraid that he would be unable to do so in the presence of his family. One day he took courage and thus addressed his family: “My dear wife and children, through the Divine mercy most of us have been brought to an acquaintance with the truth. It is not enough, however, that we glorify God as individuals, we must endeavor to do so as a family. Now, one mark of distinction between such families as have the fear of God and such as have not seems to be that the former have family worship. I have for some time been hesitating about beginning it, on account of my own deficiency, but I now see that this excuse was occasioned chiefly by pride, and I am determined, by the grace of God, no longer to delay doing what I am convinced it is my duty to do. This night let us begin.” They all consented; and, after supper was over, Andrew opened his Testament and read the third chapter of the Gospel by St. John. He ventured to make a few short remarks as he proceeded, and when that was done, kneeled down with his family around him and prayed. He prayed out of the abundance of his heart. He expressed his thankfulness to God for food, and raiment, and a house to live in. But he particularly praised God for His great love in sending His Son into the world to save sinners, and for giving him and the greatest part of his family to taste the richness of His grace. He offered up earnest petitions for all his friends and for all his enemies, if he had any. Nor did he forget Father Dominick. No! he besought God in his behalf and in behalf of all his flock, and prayed heartily that all the blessings of the Gospel might descend upon him and them. He prayed for the good of the land in which he lived, and for the increase of true religion everywhere, and concluded by committing himself and all his concerns into the hands of Him who “never slumbers nor sleeps.” 
That night Andrew had an opportunity of observing the kindness of God in the preservation of those who put their trust in Him. About midnight he was awakened by the loud barking of his dog. He got up to find out the reason of his barking, but when he went out could see or hear nothing, so that he was returning to his bed, supposing that all was well, but on his way back he thought he perceived some smoke in the house, and upon examination found that a little coal had got into a heap of straw that lay in a corner, and that the straw had nearly taken fire, so that he had good reason to believe that if he had not been awakened so very seasonably the whole house would have been in a short time on fire, and that he and his family would either have been consumed or have made their escape with the loss of their house and their little substance. Andrew quietly stopped the progress of the mischief, and uttering an ejaculation of grateful acknowledgment to the Author of all good for His kind interference, returned to his bed. When the family was assembled according to his desire in the morning he told them what had happened, and took an opportunity of extolling the goodness of that God who had watched over him and his family. 
Andrew’s Greatest Enemy. 
When Father Dominick excommunicated Andrew and his family he talked a good deal about heresy, and insinuated pretty plainly that to hurt a heretic was an offense of no great magnitude. Now it happened that there was in the congregation one, James Nowlan, who owed Andrew a grudge on account of a preference in respect to a piece of ground which he held, and who would have had no objection, if a favorable opportunity occurred, to make him pay dearly for his advantage. Nowlan, upon hearing Andrew pronounced a heretic and roundly cursed by the priest, said within himself, “Now is my time to take my revenge upon Andrew Dunn. Father Dominick says that a heretic ought to be considered as a heathen man and a publican, that is, I suppose, that if he was in a foreign land he would be burned to death as an enemy to the Church, but that in this country it is contrary to law to burn heretics. Now, if Andrew Dunn deserves to be burned, and that nothing hinders it but heretical laws, there can be no harm, but a great deal of good, in my giving Andrew Dunn a sound flogging that he will remember as long as he lives. This will be doing God service, and the more so as I run the chance myself of suffering by the cruelty of those laws that will not allow good men to punish wicked heretics as they deserve. This is all true, and I’ll show the dog that it is.” Having settled the whole matter in his mind he determined that on the following night he would go up to Andrew Dunn’s and inflict upon him the punishment which he had merited by his unnatural behavior to his Mother Church.

 Accordingly, having crossed the fields he reached the door of Andrew’s house about eight o’clock, just as he had done reading his chapter and had gone upon his knees with his family to thank God for the blessings of the day, and to implore a continuance of His favor. He stopped at the door for a minute to discover what was saying or doing within, when suddenly he heard the sound of a voice which was familiar to him. He knew it to be the voice of Andrew, but it was not like one man conversing with another, nor like anything he had ever heard. After listening for a little while, and looking through a crevice in the door, he perceived that it was Andrew in the act of praying, with his family around him. Curiosity made him listen to what he was saying, and he quite forgot the purpose of his coming in his astonishment at seeing the devotion of the man and his family. He heard him thank God for all the blessings which he enjoyed, but particularly for what He had done in redeeming him and his family from sin and death; but what affected him most was his prayers for his enemies. “O Lord,” he said, “if we have any enemies in the world, forgive them, whatever unkind thoughts or designs they may have towards us. Bless them with the knowledge of Thy Salvation, and enable us on every occasion to return them good for evil!” In this strain he continued to pray for some time, during which James Nowlan was quite overcome with astonishment, and when his prayer was over he thought he could cordially embrace the man whom he had intended to injure. “What,” said he to himself, “is this man a heretic? If he be, where are the Christians? Not in Father Dominick’s congregation, I am sure. If all that call themselves Christians, aye, and Father Dominick himself, were like poor Andrew here, it would be a different sort of world from what it is.” All his purposes of hostility against Andrew were at once laid aside, and he began to blame himself severely for having formed a design to hurt him. “Hurt him,” said he, “God forbid! No, let my right hand forget to work rather than I should employ it to injure such a man.” 
Becomes His Greatest Friend. 
He was going away, but he recollected himself a little, and determined that he would go in and tell Andrew what he intended to do, and ask his pardon. He accordingly knocked at the door, and being admitted by the unsuspecting family, Andrew invited him cordially to sit down by his little fire. “Did you hear,” said James Nowlan, “that Father Dominick cursed you and your family last Sunday in the chapel?” “I did,” replied Andrew, “and I heartily pity and pray for the poor mistaken man.” “But are you not,” said Nowlan, “afraid of the priest’s curses?” “Not a bit,” answered he, “while I know that God blesses me.” “Do you know, Andrew, that I came here tonight with an intention of punishing you as a heretic, and at the same time of revenging our old quarrel about the ground?” “As to heresy,” said Andrew, “he is the only heretic who departs from the Word of God, and I am willing to take the consequence of keeping to that Word against all the priests in the world. And as to the quarrel about the ground, you know, James, that there was nothing either unfair or unfriendly in my conduct about it. But if you think so, I am willing now to give up the ground, and what little improvements I have made upon it, if you have the landlord’s consent. For though I have a family to provide for I would rather give up all that I have and trust in the Lord for support than that any man should have a cause of complaint against me.” “God forbid,” cried James, “that I should take your ground! No, Andrew, you got it fairly, keep it, and all I ask is that you will forgive my evil designs against you, and count me as your friend.” “I heartily forgive you,” replied Andrew, “and I pray God to convince you of your state, as He has convinced me of mine, and turn you by His grace to Himself.” Though James did not well understand the wish, yet from a conviction that it contained something that was good in itself, and needed by him, he felt himself strongly disposed to join in a hearty Amen! He now told Andrew what it was that occasioned the change in his resolution, and asked him whether it was usual for him to pray with his family in the way he had seen him. Being answered in the affirmative, he begged leave to come over sometimes and join them. “By all means,” said he, “if you are not offended by my awkwardness.” “No, indeed,” answered he, with much warmth, “I never was affected in all my life by any prayer till I heard yours just now. As to Father Dominick, I do not know anything about what he is saying. His prayers are too learned for people such as I; and if it was not to have it to say that I was at Mass, I might as well, I think, spend the time at home. I never could, for the life of me, find out why the prayers of the chapel are said in a strange tongue. Is not plain English as good a language to pray in as any other? And then people will understand what they are saying.” “What you say is all right, James; we have been long enough in ignorance. It is high time for us to begin to think for ourselves.”
 He then informed him that about the same hour every evening he would find them engaged in the same way in which he had then found them, and assured him that they would all be glad to see him, and that if he would come a little sooner he might partake with them in the little supper. James thanked him, and took his leave for that night. On his way home he could not help musing on the transactions of the evening. “I came out,” said he to himself, “with a determination of giving Andrew Dunn a sound beating, nor did much care if I killed him outright, and here am I now going back, not only without having touched a hair of his head, but full of admiration for the man, and reproaching myself in my own mind for having formed the design of hurting him. To judge by appearances, there is more of the Christian in Andrew than in Father Dominick.” 
He slept but little during the night, and while he was at work on the following day his mind still ran upon the same subject. In the evening he went to Andrew’s, and joined with him and his family at worship. Andrew was led particularly to pray for his guest, that God would be pleased to enlighten his mind and lead him into all truth. After prayer they got into conversation upon the subject of religion, and they were both so much interested that they did not observe how the time passed, and it was near twelve o’clock before they separated. It turned a good deal upon the question: “What must a poor sinner, convinced that he deserves the wrath of God, and that his heart is wicked, do to be saved?” Andrew showed James very plainly from Scripture that all the penance he could perform, and all the mortification he could submit to, and all the prayers he could say as long as he lived could not restore him to the favor of God; that the Word of God shows the only way by which it can be effected, viz.,1 the atoning power of Christ’s offering applied by faith to the soul. He showed him also how the love of Christ constrained the believer to devote himself to His service, so that he no longer continues in sin, but must hate it, and resist and overcome it. These were the topics chiefly insisted upon that night, and it pleased God to open the heart of James to receive the important truths which he heard, so that Andrew had the satisfaction in a little time of seeing him possessed of a good hope in Christ, and giving proof of this to the world.
The Shillalah Burned
This James Nowlan had been a great bully. He used to go to all the fairs and hurling matches, and pick quarrels there to make sport, or, in other words, to set people by the ears that they might cut and hack one another without mercy. He was a man of great strength, and used to carry a shillalah,2 which was well known by the name of Jemmy’s switch. But this man whom every one feared was changed by the influence of the Gospel, and he became a striking instance of the truth, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2Co 5:17). The very expression of his countenance was altered; for, before, his aspect was ferocious, and strongly marked the savage disposition that was within. But after he became possessed with genuine religion his features wore a complacent kind of smile, which indicated the composure and serenity of his soul. He brought his great stick one evening to Andrew’s house, and told him he was come formally to commit to the flames the instrument with which he had so often done the work of the Devil. “This is the very weapon,” said he, “with which I intended to have beaten you the night I came here for that purpose, and there can be no better place to burn it in than this.” So saying, he threw it into the fire, and as it burned he said: “Blessed Redeemer! these hands have been to often employed as they should not in seeking mischief, and these eyes have too often looked with satisfaction upon scenes from which they should have turned with horror. But Thy grace has taught me to hate my former wickedness. I desire now to see no blood but the blood of Thy Cross by which my soul is redeemed. And while I look by faith on that object, may I die unto sin, and devote my powers to Thy blessed service.”
The Circle Widens.
James Nowlan, having himself found Salvation, was anxious that his family should be possessed of an interest in the blessing. Accordingly he begged that they would accompany him at the usual hour to Andrew’s house. They all of them showed a great deal of reluctance, and for some days absolutely refused. “A pretty thing, indeed,” said they, “to go and pray with such a fellow.” They could not, however, help observing the change which had taken place in James (he was no longer quarrelsome and drunken as he used to be, but stayed at home, and endeavored to make his family happy). They could not deny that Andrew Dunn (for they did not know then that it was the work of God) had accomplished in a few weeks what Father Dominick had not been able to effect by all his preaching, and penance, and holy sprinklings in twenty years. At last they took courage and determined to go. Andrew’s prayer was simple and affecting, and there was not a dry eye in this little congregation. When they went home they concurred in praising Andrew, and the next night they needed no entreaties to persuade them to go. Without entering into further particulars, I shall just mention that James Nowlan’s family soon began to feel the power of the Gospel, and showed the change by turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and leading a new life. Andrew had now the satisfaction also of seeing his eldest daughter upon the fullest conviction renounce her errors and embrace the truth, so that this little family was at perfect unity with itself. On Sundays they and James Nowlan’s family used to meet regularly for worship and praise to God. For some time these two families alone dared to be singular to worship God in a simple and spiritual way. Others were afraid on account of Father Dominick’s curses to join them, and they were exposed to much ridicule and opposition on account of their adherence to the Scriptures. However, after the first impressions occasioned by the priest’s denunciations had a little worn away, some began to reflect upon the grave change which had taken place in the lives both of Andrew Dunn and James Nowlan, and particularly in the latter. They could not help observing, too, the order of their families, their kind and gracious manner one to another; they were struck also with the improvement in their outward circumstances.  
 Many, from seeing these things, were induced to think more favorably of Andrew than they did at first; and after a while some took courage and ventured to come on a Sunday morning to attend the little religious meetings at his house, while others, curious to know the nature of these meetings, and afraid to enter, would listen outside at the windows, and in this they were emboldened by degrees to break through the restraint by which they were held. As Andrew made it his business simply to follow the Scriptures, and to direct those who attended at his house to take no other guide, he had the satisfaction after a little time of seeing that his feeble efforts to point out the nature of the Gospel, as contained in the sacred volume, were not in vain. He took particular pains to convince them that he did not attempt to introduce anything new, but simply to show them what the Word of God contained, that it was their business to read that Word as if they had learned nothing before, and that if they did they would find that it contained everything necessary to be known for their Salvation.
Andrew’s cabin was now filled twice every Sunday, and though the worship held there had nothing splendid in outward show to recommend it, yet it was such as God had declared His respect to “worship in spirit and in truth.” And those who met there found by blessed experience that God is as little a respecter of places as of persons. When the morning worship was over they made a little collection out of their savings during the week (See 1Co 16:2). Andrew Dunn and James Nowlan were chosen as the persons to manage the little fund, which they did most faithfully, putting down in a book everything that was received and laid out. As every one was willing to contribute as far as he was able, they could do a great deal of good in the neighborhood. They had upon their list six old men who were past their labor, and each of them received out of the funds a small though welcome sum every week. They were particularly attentive to the sick, and used to visit them, and buy whatever was necessary for them. Thus “their light shone before men,” and they proved that their religion was not in words, nor in show, but in faith which worketh by love.-- {emboldened by me for obvious reasons} From

Let me point out what they did with the money collected, they gave it to six old men who were no longer able to work. What a difference that is in what we see in today's 'church'!! Where 'pastors' like John MacArthur pull in close to one million dollars a year, live like kings and have the audacity to justify their greed! That is why there must be elders, plural, and not just one 'pastor' to oversee things. 

I thank the Lord that He has pulled me out of 'church' and kept me from the greatest deception of all - organized religion.

I would appreciate your comments/thoughts on this, I know there are many true brethren who no longer attend church, and with good reason. We are better off brothers and sisters, we are blessed! May the Lord be with us this Lord's day as we seek to worship Him, wherever we may be, in our homes with all our hearts. Let the Lamb receive His due reward!