In this rare historical recording, George Straub shares his testimony of being saved, entirely sanctified, and called to preach. Straub was one of the founders of God's Missionary Church and served as Conference President for many years.
by David Wise
One piece of corroborating evidence for the divine inspiration of the Bible is that the human race is portrayed in such an unfavorable light. From Genesis to Revelation, the blackness of man’s heart and the desperate nature of his deeds are set before the reader with no attempt to sugarcoat the actions or excuse the sinful practices. The argument has been made that if man wrote the Bible, our race would not appear to be as hopeless as the Holy Scriptures make us out to be.
Even the great men found within the pages of the sacred text are not able to escape the fact that their sins and failings have been recorded for future generations. The portraits of their lives are not false images crafted to hide the blemishes and spots. They are rather brutally honest portrayals that reveal their heroism, faith, and love for God, while, at the same time, not forgetting to mention the sins that needed to be confessed and forsaken. Moses’ temper, David’s adultery, Peter’s cowardice, Noah’s drunkenness, and Abraham’s “white lies” are not hidden from the view of even the most casual reader. In fact, there are very few heroes of the faith who figure prominently in the word of God that do not have anything negative placed to their account.
Slightly adapted from Select Hymns: with Tunes Annext (1761)
John Wesley's practical advice for singing in an early Methodist hymnal is still applicable to us today. He warns, "beware of singing as if you were half-dead or half-asleep," but emphasizes above all else, "sing spiritually."
John Zechman recently retired from 28 years of service to Penn View Bible Institute. The following tributes are selected from the June 2018 edition of the God's Missionary Standard. Please share your tributes to President Emeritus Zechman in the comments section below.
by Johnathan Arnold
In a recent sermon by Andy Stanley, son of esteemed Baptist preacher Charles Stanley (a radio minister who George Straub, founder of God's Missionary Church, highly respected and listened to each week), Andy encouraged Christians to “unhitch” their faith from the Old Testament. He contends that “Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures, and…we must as well.” He goes on, “The Bible did not create Christianity. The resurrection of Jesus created and launched Christianity. Your whole house of Old Testament cards can come tumbling down.”
While the resurrection of Jesus is the heart of Christianity, Andy Stanley’s understanding of the Old Testament (OT) verges on heretical. He argues that nothing in the OT, including the Ten Commandments, is binding for Christians, and that new believers should essentially disregard the first half of their Bible. He goes as far as to suggest that the inerrancy of the Old Testament is not worth defending.
While Andy’s conclusions are blatantly wrong, he addresses a question that many Christians are asking: “What should I do with my Old Testament? Should I keep some of the laws? All of them? None of them?” Many Christians end up cherry-picking particular laws which seem pertinent while completely ignoring others. The long sections of laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are often the subject of tongue-in-cheek jokes. In high school, one of the most intelligent girls in my class dismissed my faith because, in her opinion, “if you are going to obey the whole Bible, you better not wear polyester or touch pig skin footballs!”
Adapted from Love Slaves by Samuel Logan Brengle
One of our central doctrines and most valued and precious experiences is that of heart holiness. The bridge which we throw across the impassable gulf that separates the sinner from the Savior — who pardons that He may purify, who saves that He may sanctify — rests upon these two abutments: the forgiveness of sins through simple, penitent, obedient faith in a crucified Redeemer, and the purifying of the heart and empowering of the soul through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, given by its risen and ascended Lord, and received not by works, but by faith.
Sermon on Judges 11:1-40 by Timothy Cooley, Sr.
Jephthah stood at the door of his wilderness house. He had things pretty well fixed up, like he wanted them. After all, there was a day he would have liked to live in town, but that had been impossible. You see, it was because of his mother. The Bible says his mother was a harlot. Some scholars have wanted to say she was an innkeeper, but the harsh reality of his rejection implies the truth was that his mother was more likely a Canaanite prostitute. His half-brothers called her “that other woman.” The one that made the whole family ashamed. Jephthah was a --
Devotional by John Manley
Read: Genesis 22
One of the most chilling experiences recorded in the Old Testament comes in Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to take his son, his only son Isaac, whom he loves to Mt. Moriah and offer him for a burnt offering.
A casual reader of the Scriptures is amazed at the swift obedience of Abraham to carry out this audacious command from God. But what one must keep in mind is that, at this stage in life, Abraham had been walking by faith for nearly 100 years and he had learned to trust God’s heart, even when it did not make sense to him.
by Johnathan Arnold
My senioritis set in the first day of my senior year of high school. I couldn’t wait to be done. When graduation finally rolled around, I was anxious to move on with my life. Perhaps you have breathed the same sigh of relief.
Even if your emotions are mixed, any lingering sadness will soon fade into a twinge of nostalgia. Soon, you’ll be writing a new chapter of your life. Before you know it, high school will fade into a distant memory, and college will begin setting the stage for your whole life.
"As Christians, we honor and commission men and women to give their best, yes to give all to advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ!" (Dr. Timothy L. Cooley, Academic Dean)
"The Bible is our manual for life and ministry." (Dr. Timothy L. Cooley)
“Whatever happens, do right.” (John Zechman, President Emeritus)
“Mediocre work never propels people to greatness.” (Brent Lenhart, Principal, PVCA)
“God Himself must be the ultimate goal of your life.” (Leonard Sankey, Commencement Speaker)
by Johnathan Arnold
We often hear pastors and evangelists assert that people in our community are seeking God and want the message that we have. But how do we reconcile that Romans says "no one seeks God"? Are people seeking God or not?
Calvinists answer with a definite "no" by the doctrine of total depravity, teaching that man is so thoroughly corrupted that he cannot seek God; therefore, God chooses who will be saved (unconditional election).
Wesleyan-Arminians are not always clear in their answer. We certainly do not believe that God unconditionally chooses who is saved and who is damned, but what is our answer to total depravity? If the Bible does indeed teach this doctrine, why don't we hear about it and why is our view of mankind so positive?
by Johnathan Arnold
Read first (recommended): A Brand Plucked From the Fire: The Early Life of John Wesley
When John Wesley returned to Oxford after assisting at his father's pastorate, he was immediately recognized as the head of his brother Charles' campus society. The society had been coined the "Methodists" and met for three hours each evening, usually in John’s room. They began with prayer, then studied the Greek New Testament and classics, listened to John read a selection from a book, and discussed Christian love. They fasted on Wednesday and Friday, received the Lord’s Supper once per week, and had a system of regular self-examination to carefully scrutinize all of their attitudes and conduct. They offered frequent and vigorous prayers. Their religious fervor gained them the nickname "Holy Club."
by Johnathan Arnold
On June 17, 1703, John Wesley was born in the small market-town of Epworth, England. Although the Wesleys were a prestigious, upper-class family, John’s childhood was not without challenges.
Excerpt From John Wesley's Journal
John Wesley's journal entry for May 24, 1738, records his conversion at a society meeting in Aldersgate Street, London.
Nearly 200 years after Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation, passed away, his preface to the Epistle to the Romans was read at a Christian society meeting in Aldersgate Street, London. The date was May 24, 1738. John Wesley, an Oxford lecturer and Fellow at Lincoln College, had been invited to attend. He came reluctantly.
Wesley was in a season of spiritual depression. He had recently returned from a trip to Georgia, where several Moravians deeply impacted him about the importance of faith in Christ, and was convinced that he was not truly converted. In London, he met Peter Bohler, a Moravian missionary who further convinced him that conversion is instantaneous and occurs as a result of turning by faith to Jesus.
In his journal entry on May 24, Wesley wrote that he finally "felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins." This assurance came while Luther's preface was being read, "while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ."
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