The Story of Big Tom Taking the Whipping for His Classmate Little Jim (Gospel Light Minute X #396)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #396 titled, “The Story of Big Tom Taking the School Whipping for His Classmate Little Jim.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

Rev. A. C. Dixon, the Baptist preacher who was born in the mountains of Virginia, relates the following incident:

Years ago, there was a certain school in this section of the mountains which no teacher could handle, and none lasted very long. The boys were so rough that every teacher resigned.

A young gray-eyed teacher soon applied for the position. The old school director looked him up and down, and then said, “Young fellow. Do you have any idea what you are getting yourself into? An awful beatin’ from the students! Every teacher we have had for years has had to take it.”

The serious-minded teacher replied, “I’ll take the risk.” Continue reading “The Story of Big Tom Taking the Whipping for His Classmate Little Jim (Gospel Light Minute X #396)”

How Not to Walk, Part 15 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #261)

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:29:

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

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J. Stuart Holden said, “God has called us to co-operate with Him in making the Gospel known to our generation.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God wants you to move into fullness. He wants to move you into the place where you are steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of God. Only a risen, exalted Christ can make that possible. He’s got to have pre-eminence in your living, your thinking, your time, your language — in all things, not some things. Every day, every second should be holy for a man who has the Holy Ghost.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “During the Cane Ridge Revival, giving the people an invitation to come up to be prayed for was also blessed. The ministers usually, at the close of preaching, would tell the congregation that if there were any persons who felt themselves lost and condemned, under the guilt and burden of their sins, that [they could] come near the stage and kneel down…. Apparently under strong conviction, [people] would come and fall down before the Lord at the feet of the ministers and crave an interest in their prayers, sometimes twenty or thirty at a time.”

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Today, we move on to verse 29 in which we find another command for the new man in Christ. Paul writes, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth…” One of our presidential candidates has faced criticism recently because of corrupt communication that proceeded out of his mouth.

The Greek word translated as “corrupt” means rotten, bad, worthless, or putrefied. Such communication, such words ought not to pass the lips of the new man or the new woman in Christ. To really grasp the meaning of this command, we must understand that words are powerful. God created the world just by speaking it into existence. Psalm 33:9 says, ‘He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it came to pass.’ Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Jesus Christ himself is called “the Word of God.” The majority of Jesus’ miracles — quieting the stormy sea, casting out devils, healing the sick, raising Lazarus from the dead — were performed simply by Him speaking the word.

Now, we cannot have right speech if we have wrong hearts. Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes: “The mouth and heart are connected. ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.’ We expect a change in speech when a person becomes a Christian. It is interesting to trace the word ‘mouth’ through the Book of Romans and see how Christ makes a difference in a man’s speech. The sinner’s mouth is ‘full of cursing and bitterness’; but when he trusts Christ, he gladly confesses with his mouth ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’ As a condemned sinner, his mouth is stopped before the throne of God; but as a believer, his mouth is opened to praise God. Change the heart and you change the speech.”

The new man who has a new mind also has a new mouth. His speech flows out of his new mentality. He does not speak as He used to speak, but in a way that honors God and edifies his fellow man.

George Cuff wrote:

Let us watch our tongue today.
Consider God’s Word and fear it.
Let us submit our unruly heart
to the Lordship of God’s Spirit.
Let us reach up and trust our God
to give us the Spirit’s power
To live today governing our tongue
as we walk with Him each hour.

How Not to Walk, Part 14 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #260)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:28:

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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A.W. Pink said, “Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin — who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, who long to be freed from its terrible dominion — and a Savior for no others.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God is looking for people who will live recklessly for Him — not concerned with public opinion or preacher’s opinions, but becoming a love slave of Jesus Christ.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Cane Ridge Revival popularized other revival activities as well: Singing was attended with a great blessing. At every meeting, before the minister began to preach, the congregation was melodiously entertained with numbers singing delightfully, while all the congregation seemed in lively exercises. Shaking hands while singing furthered the work. The ministers … go through the congregation and shake hands with the people while singing. And several … declared that this was the first means of their conviction.”

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As we return to this verse once again, one of the things our attention must be drawn to is the great difference between the way of the world and the way of God. The world, for the most part, agrees with Paul when he says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands…” But, God’s Word takes things a step further when it says, “that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

Yes, Jesus expects that His children ought to work, not just so they can have for themselves, but so they can have to share with others. The old man thinks only of himself and what he can gain. The new man thinks of others and how he can be of service and help.

The devil can take a good thing like hard work and make it a selfish endeavour. That is what he specializes in — taking something that God has ordained and twisting it into something wrong and self-serving. But, as anyone who has lived long enough will tell you, if you live only for yourself, you will end up unhappy, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied with life. Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

As you work at whatever occupation you are engaged in, think about what you are able to give to others. Certainly, it feels good to receive a paycheck on a regular schedule, but God says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Fanny Crosby wrote:

To the work! To the work!
We are servants of God,
Let us follow the path
that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel
our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might
what our hands find to do.

To the work! To the work!
Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life
let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner
our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings,
“Salvation is free!”

To the work! To the work!
There is labor for all;
For the kingdom of darkness
and error shall fall;
And the love of our Father
exalted shall be,
In the loud-swelling chorus,
“Salvation is free!”

How Not to Walk, Part 13 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #259)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:28:

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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A.W. Pink said, “The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There’s not one thing in life worth having outside of Jesus Christ. If you can really sing, ‘Thou, O Christ, is all I want,’ you’ve got it made!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Shouting was praising or rejoicing in God. It was accompanied with clapping of the hands. Shouting became a revivalistic phenomenon; added to it was shuffling of the feet, which was then followed by running around and an occasional leap. Some shouters would “run the aisle.” A circular march by the congregation was called a “ring shout.””

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From this verse, we have talked about the behavior of the old man who steals from others. Paul says, “Let him that stole steal no more.” Instead, the new man in Christ is to “labour, working with his hands the thing which is good.”

Here, Paul does not say, ‘Pray for what you need,’ rather, the command is to ‘work for what you need.’ Work is sometimes thought of as a curse based upon what happened after the Fall in the Book of Genesis. But, work is not a curse. God gave Adam work to do in the Garden of Eden before Adam chose to sin against God. The curse is that Adam’s work would from then on be hard and difficult. But God still expects us to work.

Being a Christian does not excuse us from the basic duties of human life. We are not to be like those who have ceased all work and all contact with the world in order to dress in white robes and await the return of Christ. We are not to expect that God will magically supply all our needs if we pray to Him. If you need daily bread, and you have a job or other money-making endeavour at hand, then you cannot expect God to drop bread out of the sky while you do nothing. Hard work, labor at that which is good also supplies daily bread.

God expects His people to set an example before the world of what it means to work willingly and honestly with one’s own mind and/or hands. Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes: “Paul himself was an example of a hard worker, for while he was establishing local churches, he labored as a tentmaker. Every Jewish rabbi was taught a trade, for, said the rabbis, ‘If you do not teach your son a trade, you teach him to be a thief.’ The men that God called in the Scriptures were busy working when their call came. Moses was caring for sheep; Gideon was threshing wheat; David was minding his father’s flock; and the first four disciples were either casting nets or mending them. Jesus Himself was a carpenter.”

If honest work was not beneath our Lord, we should be eager to labor at that which is good.

Michael Morgan wrote:

All our work and all our being
come from you, most gracious Lord.
Ev’ry task which lies before us
is Creator’s will outpoured.

Help us as we build your kingdom
know we labor not in vain;
give us sure and deep conviction
for the tasks that you ordain.

Let us labor in the knowledge
that no task can be too small;
that the God who stretched the heavens
no less shaped the least of all.

Give us strength, Lord, to accomplish
what you set our hands to do,
that by serving those around us,
we return the gift to you.

How Not to Walk, Part 12 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #258)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:28:

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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Robert E. Speer said, “The evangelization of the world in this generation depends first of all upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for men; deeper, far, than the need for money; aye, deep down at the bottom of our spiritless life is the need for the forgotten secret of prevailing, world-wide prayer.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I want to so live that God doesn’t have to give me but one minute’s notice to step out of time into eternity.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Cane Ridge Revival introduced the element of shouting to revival meetings, so that many were called ‘shouting Methodists.’ So many of their new songs had the word ‘shout’ in the lyrics that it became a common religious expression. When someone died, for example, the Methodists said, ‘He went off shouting.’ Shouting was not simply noise, nor was it loud preaching; yet when a minister was preaching, some would shout from the audience. Shouting wasn’t exhorting, nor praying, nor was it a united cheer of many believers. Shouting was an individual response. Loud praying was ‘shouting,’ as when a congregation all prayed loudly at the same time, when, for example, they attempted to ‘pray down’ a sinner, so he would get converted.”

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In verse 28, we have another contrasting position between the actions of the new man and the old man. Paul writes, “Let him that stole steal no more.” Stealing is the action of the old man — action that a new man in Christ should not engage in.

Stealing was very rampant in Paul’s day, especially among the slaves and the poorer class. Many people felt it was okay to steal to survive. But Paul calls Christian slaves, no matter how impoverished, to a higher standard of living. The way of thievery is the way of the world and the proof of a lack of trust in God. It is a demonic way of thinking. When a person thinks: ‘I am going to get what I want even if I have to steal it is devilish. Christians are to abide by the way of trust in God to supply for all their needs.

Stealing has its roots in Satan. The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “Just as Satan is a liar and a murderer, he is also a thief. [Jesus said,] ‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.’ Satan turned Judas into a thief and he would do the same to us if he could. When he tempted Eve, he led her to become a thief, for she took the fruit that was forbidden. And she, in turn, made Adam a thief. The first Adam was a thief and was cast out of Paradise, but the Last Adam, Christ, turned to a thief and said, ‘Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.'”

Here we have a great contrast — Adam the old man and Christ the new man. Adam’s way failed. Only Jesus’ way will work in the end. All who are new men and women in Christ should leave the old ways — including stealing behind — and begin to walk in the new way of Christ.

The new man ought to live the new life, as expressed in this poem:

New Life in Christ, abundant and free!
What glories shine, what joys are mine,
What wondrous blessings I see!

My past with its sin, its searching and strife,
Are forever gone — there’s a brand new dawn!
For in Christ I have found new life.