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Paul The Christian's Hero

This is a thrilling presentation to encourage and deeply stir the heart of every child of God who is trying to serve the Lord in this difficult world. It is an excerpt from D. L. Moody's book "Heven Awaits" You can download this as a pdf file in booklet form ready to print with an artist depiction of the Apostle Paul on the front. To do this go to "Download A Gospel Tract Or Booklet" on this site.

Paul, The Christian Hero

The way to get to heaven is to be saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

We get salvation as a gift, but we have to work it out, just as if we got a gold mine for a gift.

I do not get a crown by joining the church, or renting a pew.

There was Paul. He won his crown. He had many a hard fight; he met Satan on many a battle-field, and he overcame him and wore the crown. It would take about ten thousand of the average Christians of this day or any other to make one of Paul. When I read the life of that Apostle, I blush for the Christianity of the nineteenth century. It is a weak and sickly thing.

See what he went through. He five times was scourged. The old Roman custom of scourging was to take the prisoner and bind his wrists together and bend him over in a stooping posture, and the Roman soldier would bring the lash, braided with sharp pieces of steel down upon the bare back of the prisoner and cut him through the skin, so that men sometimes died in the act of being scourged. But Paul says he was scourged five different times. Now if we should get one stripe upon our backs what a whining there would be; there would be forty publishers after us before the sun went down, and they would want to publish our lives, that they could make capital out of them. But Paul says, "Five times received I forty stripes, save one." That was nothing for him. Take your stand by his side.

"Paul, you have been beaten by these Jews four times, and they are going to give you thirty-nine stripes more; what are you going to do after you get out of the difficulty? What are you going to do about it all?"

"Do?" says he. "I will do this one thing; I will press toward the mark of the prize of my high calling; I am on my way to get my crown." He was not going to lose his crown. "Don't think that a few stripes will turn me away; these light afflictions are nothing."

And so they put on thirty-nine more stripes.

He had sprung into the race for Christ, as it were, and was leaping toward heaven. If you will allow me the expression, the devil got his match when he met Paul. He never switched off to a side-track. He never sat down to write a letter to defend himself. All the strength that he had he gave to Christ. He never gave a particle to the world nor to himself to defend himself. "This one thing I do," he said, "I am not going to lose the crown." See that no man take your crown.

"Thrice beaten with rods." Take your stand again beside him.

"Now, Paul, they have beaten you twice, and they are going to beat you again. What are you going to do? Are you going to continue preaching? If you are, let me give you a little advice. Now, don't be quite so radical; be a little more conservative; just use a little finer language, and, so to speak, cover up the cross with beautiful words and flowery sentences, and tell men that they are pretty good after all; that they are not so bad, and try and pacify the Jews; make friends with them, and get in with the world, and the world will think more of you. Don't be so earnest; don't be so radical, Paul; now come, take our advice. What are you going to do?"

"Do?" he says, "I do this one thing—I press toward the mark of the prize of my high calling." So they put on the rods, and every blow lifts him nearer God.

Take your stand with him again. They begin to stone him. That is the way they killed those who did not preach to suit them. It seems as if he was about to be paid back in his own coin, for when Stephen was stoned to death, Paul, then known as Saul, cheered on the crowd.

"Now, Paul, this is growing serious; hadn't you better take back some of the things you have said about Jesus? What are you going to do?"

"Do?" he says, "if they take my life I will only get my crown the sooner."

He would not budge an inch. He had something that the world could not give; he had something it could not take away; he had eternal life, and he had in store a crown of glory.

These Light Afflictions

Three times was he shipwrecked; a day and a night in the deep. Look at that mighty apostle, a whole day and night in the deep. There he was—shipwrecked, and for what? Was it to make money? He was not after money. He was just going from city to city, and town to town, to preach the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, and to lift up the cross wherever he had opportunity. He went down to Corinth and preached eighteen months, and he didn't have a lot of the leading ministers of Corinth to come on the platform and sit by his side when he preached. There was not a man who stood by him. When he reached Corinth he had none of the leading business men to stand by him and advise him; but the little tent-maker arrives in Corinth a perfect stranger, and the first thing he does is to find a place where he can make a tent; he does not go to a hotel; his means will not allow it; he goes where he can make his bread by the sweat of his brow. Think of that great apostle making a tent, and then getting on the corner of a street and preaching, and perhaps once in a while he would get into a synagogue, but the Jews would turn him out; they did not want to hear him preach anything about Jesus the crucified. The Jews didn't like that, and they turned him out, and after toiling eighteen months in that city and gave him thirty-nine stripes, and paid him off. That was all the pay he got, and they sent him onto the next town.

When I read of the life of such a man, how I blush to think how sickly and dwarfed Christianity is at the present time, and how many hundreds there are who never think of working for the Son of God and honoring Christ.

Yet when he wrote that letter back to Corinth, we find him taking an inventory of some things he had.

He is rich, he says, "In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren." This last must have been the hardest of all. "In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often; in hunger and thirst, in fastings often; in cold, in nakedness; and besides those things that are without, the care of all the churches." These are only some of the things that he summed up. Do you know what made him so exceedingly happy? It was because he believed the Scripture; he believed the Sermon on the Mount. We profess to believe it; we pretend to believe it; but few of us more than half believe it. Listen to one sentence in that sermon: "Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven," when you are persecuted. Now persecution was about all that Paul had.

That was his capital, and he had a good deal of it; he had laid by a good many persecutions, and he was to get a great reward Christ says: "Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven."

If Jesus Christ spoke of it as "great" it must be indeed wonderful. We call things great that may look very small to Jesus Christ; and things that look very small to us may look very large to Him. When the great Christ, the Creator of heaven and earth, He who formed the heavens and the earth by His mighty power, when He calls it a great reward, what must it be?

Perhaps some people said to the Apostle to the Gentiles: "Now, Paul, you are meeting with too much opposition; you are suffering too much."

Hear him reply: "Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

"Our light affliction," he calls it. We would have called it pretty hard, pretty heavy, would we not?

But he says: "These light afflictions are nothing; think of the glory before me, and think of the crowning time; think of the reward that is laid up for me. I am on my way; the Righteous Judge will give it to me when the time comes;" and that is what filled his soul with joy; it was the thought of reward that the Lord had in store for him.

Now, my friends, let us just for a minute think of what Paul accomplished. Think of going out, as it were, among the heathen; the first missionary to preach to these men, who were so full of wickedness, so full of enmity and bitterness, the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, and to tell them that the man who died outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem the death of a common prisoner, a common felon, in the sight of the world, was the promised Christ; to tell them that they had to believe in that crucified Man in order to enter the kingdom of God. Think of the dark mountain that rose up before him; think of the opposition; think of the bitter persecution, and then think of the trifles in our way.

Songs In Prison

But a great many worldly people think Paul's life was a failure. Probably his enemies, when they put him in prison, thought that would silence him; but do you know that I believe today Paul thanks God more for prisons, for stripes, for the persecution and opposition that he suffered, than for anything else that happened to him here? The very things we do not like are sometimes the very best for us.

Christians probably might not have these glorious Epistles, if Paul had not been thrown into prison. There he took up his pen and wrote letters to the Christians in Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Coloss, and to Philemon and Timothy. Look at the two Epistles that he wrote to the Corinthians. How much has been done for the world by these Epistles. What a blessing they have been to the church of God; how great a light they have thrown on many a man's life. But we might not have had those Epistles if it had not been for persecution.

Perhaps John Bunyan blesses God more today for Bedford jail than anything that happened to him. Probably we would not have the Pilgrim's Progress it he had not been thrown into that prison. Satan thought he accomplished a great deal when he shut up Bunyan for twelve years and six months; but what a blessing it was to the world; and I believe Paul blesses God today for the Philippian jail, and for the imprisonment he suffered in Rome, because it gave him time to write those blessed letters. Talk of Alexander making the world tremble with the tread of his armies, and of Csar and Napoleon's power, but here is a little tent-maker, who, without an army, turned the world upside down. Why? Because God Almighty was with him.

 

Paul says in one place: "None of these things move me." (Acts 20:24.) They threw him in prison, but it was all the same; it did not move him. When he was at Corinth and Athens preaching, it made no difference. He just "pressed toward the mark of the prize of his high calling." If God wanted him to go through prisons to win the prize, it was all the same to him. They put him in prison, but they put the Almighty in with him, and Paul was so linked to Jesus that they could not separate them. He would rather be in prison with Christ than out of prison without Him. He would a thousand times rather be cast into prison with the Son of God and suffer a little persecution for a few days here, than to be living at ease without Him.

He went over to Macedonia. He heard the cry, "Come over into Macedonia and help us." He went over and preached, and the first thing that happened to him was that he was put into the Philippian jail. Now, if he had been as faint-hearted as most of us, he would have been disappointed and cast down. There would have been a great complaint.

He would have said: "This is a strange Providence; whatever brought me here? I thought the Lord called me here; here I am in prison in a strange city; how did I ever get here? How will I ever get out of this place? I have no money; I have no friends; I have no attorney; I have no one to intercede for me, and here I am." Paul and Silas were not only in prison, but their feet were made fast in the stocks. There they were, in the inner prison, a dark, cold, damp dungeon. But at midnight the other prisoners heard a strange sound. They had never heard anything like it before. They heard singing. I do not know what song those two imprisoned evangelists sang, but I know one thing, it was not "a doleful sound from the tombs." You know we have a hymn, "Hark, from the tombs a doleful sound." They did not sing that, but the Bible tells us they sang praises. That was a queer place to sing praises, was it not?

I suppose it was time for the evening prayers, and that they had just had their evening prayer and then sang their evening hymn. And God answered their prayers, and the old prison shook, and the chains dropped, and the prison doors were opened. Yes, yes; I have no doubt that in glory he thanks God that he went to jail and that the Philippian jailer became converted.

Swept Into Glory

But look at him at Rome. Nero has signed his death warrant. Take your stand and look at the little man. He is small; in the sight of the world he is contemptible (II Cor. 12:10); the world frowns upon him. Go to the palace of the king and talk about that criminal—about Paul—and you will see a sneer on their countenances.

"Oh, he is a fanatic," they say; "he has gone mad." I wish the world was filled with such fanatics. I tell you what we want today is a few fanatics like him; men who fear nothing but sin and love no one but God.

Rome never had such a conqueror within her walls. Rome never had such a mighty man as Paul within her boundaries. Although the world looked down upon him, and perhaps he looked very small and contemptible, yet in the sight of heaven he was the mightiest man who ever trod the streets of Rome. Probably there will never be another one like him traveling those streets. The Son of God walked with him, and the form of the Fourth was with him. But go into that prison; there he is; officials come to him and tell him that Nero has signed his death-warrant. He does not tremble; he is not afraid.

"Paul, are you not sorry you have been so zealous for Christ? It is going to cost you your life; if you had to live it over again, would you give it to Jesus of Nazareth?" What do you think the old warrior would reply?

See that eye light up as he says, "If I had ten thousand lives I should give every one of those lives to Christ, and the only regret I have is that I did not commence earlier and serve Him better; the only regret I have now is that I ever lifted my voice against Jesus of Nazareth."

"But they are going to behead you."

"Well, they may take my head, but the Lord has my heart. I care nothing about my head; the Lord has my heart and has had it for years. They cannot separate me from the Lord, and when my head is taken off, I shall depart to be with Christ, which is far better." And they led him out.

I do not know at what hour; perhaps it was early in the morning. There is a tradition tells us that they led him two miles out of the city. Look at the little tent-maker as he goes through the streets of Rome with a firm tread. Look at that giant as he moves through the streets. He is on his way to execution. Take your stand by his side and hear him talk. He is talking of the glory beyond.

He says: "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness. I shall see the King in His beauty to-night. I have longed to be with Him; I have longed to see Him. This is the day of my crowning."

The world scoffed at him, but he did not heed its scoffing. He had something the world had not; burning within him he had a love and zeal which the world knew nothing about. Ah, the love that Paul had for Jesus Christ!

But, hour has come. The way they used to behead them in those days was for the prisoner to bend his head, when a Roman soldier took a sword and cut it off. The hour had come, and I seem to see Paul, with a joyful countenance, bending his blessed head, as the soldier's sword comes down and sets his spirit free.

If our eyes could look as Elisha's looked, we might have seen him leap into a chariot of light like Elijah; we would have seen him go sweeping through limitless space.

Look at him now as he mounts higher and higher; look at him, see him move up; up—up—up—ever upward.

Look at him yonder!

See! He is entering now the Eternal City of the glorified saints, the blissful abode of the Savior's redeemed. The prize he so long has sought is at hand. See the gates yonder; how they fly wide open. See the herald angels on the shining battlements of heaven. Hear the glad shout that is passed along, "He is coming! He is coming!" And he goes sweeping through the pearly gates, along the shining way, to the very throne of God, and Christ stands there and says: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

Just think of hearing the Master say it. Will not that be enough for everything?

O friends, your turn and mine will come by-and-by, if we are but faithful. Let us see that we do not lose the crown. Let us awake and put on the whole armor of God; let us press into the conflict; it is a glorious privilege; and then to us too, as to the glorified of old, will come that blessed welcome from our glorified Lord: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

—Heaven

 

LIVING WITHOUT THE BLESSED HOPE

 

It is almost a universal thing that we who are children of God and have paid attention to what God has to say in His word have come to understand that there is a blessed hope that we all have had in every generation that we may not have to face normal death but could very likely be among those who are alive when the mystery that God has revealed to us through Paul in I Corinthians 15:51 – 54: 51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. Paul also provided great comfort to the child of God in I Thessalonians 4:13 – 18 where he says: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

But there is at least one person that we know of who was greatly used of God, and had personally walked with Jesus, and had seen the power of God work mightily again and again who knew that the blessed hope did not apply to him. Peter knew that he was going to die a violent death in his old age. He was told by the Lord Jesus Himself in John 21:18: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. Peter spent his entire ministry knowing full well that the day would come when he was going to face a violent death. History tells us that when that time finally came, it turned out to be a crucifixion for Peter, and we are told that he did not feel worthy to die as Jesus had died and requested to be crucified up-side-down. Yet we see Peter faithfully right up to the end serving with great vigor. In II Peter chapter one we find some of the most inspiring statements coming from the Holy Spirit through Peter. I am particularly moved by what he says in verses 12 – 16: 12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;  14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 16  For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 

I know full well that Peter was not the first Pope, and the business of Pope worship is not of God, but I am impressed with my brother Peter. I pray that I can be faithful to carry out the business of staying stirred up about the right things and serving the Lord vigorously until what I believe will come to pass in my life time, THAT BLESSED HOPE.

July 23, 2008

Dr. Bill Blount

 

 

GOD POSTS A PROMISE

 

In Genesis 9:12 – 17 To Noah and all of his who had been saved safely on the ark, and now to all of mankind, God now makes a promise and gives the rainbow as an everlasting reminder of that promise. Every time I see a rainbow I am reminded again not only of that promise, but of God’s desire to communicate His promises to man and the complete confidence that He will keep His promises.

 

In Adam Clark’s Commentary he says of this passage in scripture:

"My bow I have given, or put in the cloud;" as if he said: As surely as the rainbow is a necessary effect of sunshine in rain, and must continue such as long as the sun and atmosphere endure, so surely shall this earth be preserved from destruction by water; and its preservation shall be as necessary an effect of my promise as the rainbow is of the shining of the sun during a shower of rain.

 

You know God has POSTED thousands of promises in His precious word that He desires to communicate to you and I. Even before I was saved I can remember the ever present communication being brought to me by the Holy Spirit working out various means for me to come in contact with John 3:16: “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

O how well I remember when after running from God and finally stopping my run and then trusting Him as my Lord and Saviour, my confidence as a new born child of God began to increase in strength as I began to feast on the promises of God. One by one they began to become a part of my bedrock of confidence as I would discover another promise He had POSTED. Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Everyone, including me, had no righteousness of our own. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; He had POSTED the sin problem that we all have, including me. He POSTED in Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. That even though we had this awful sin problem He still loved us so much that Christ died for us even while we were still in that awful condition.

 

In Romans 6:23 He POSTED the way out. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And then He made it plain and simple even how to make that choice become a reality to me right now in Romans 10:9 – 11 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

 

And then it was almost like he gave me the line to sign my name on when He POSTED verse 13 there in Romans 10: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I signed the promise that he posted back when I was 15 years old.

 

Now every time I see a rainbow I am reminded. GOD NEVER GOES BACK ON HIS PROMISES.

 

Here is a POSTED promise from God that I need today and for that matter every day.

James 1:5 – 8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

 

I LOVE RAINBOWS

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RESPECT

 
The other day I was mowing our back lawn. We don’t have a very large lawn but in a back area of this lawn we have one of my all time best friends buried. His name was Dusty. Dusty was the best Golden Retriever that ever lived. He lived a wonderfully long life for a Golden Retriever. He finally died of old age at age 15. His whole life was devoted to doing whatever he could to please my wife Bonnie and I. He was always there at any time even when he was not feeling like it, to be our friend. When he died it broke our hearts and we ordered a stone marker to mark his grave. On it we had inscribed “The Best Friend Ever”. My wife also wanted to have inscribed on it “Our Puppy” because that is what she always called him. Bonnie did something else. She took the double dish that we had fed him in and she put two rocks in them and placed that at the head of his grave right above the stone marker. That thing has been there now for four years. Because of the water that would freeze in it during the winter, that double dish has both sides of it broken. It is filled with green and not very pretty. While I was mowing the grass I kicked it aside so that I could mow around it and I thought it looked ugly and should be thrown away. After second thought I put it back exactly like my wife Bonnie had put it there because I dearly respect my wife and her feelings. I remembered how we both had cried when our 15 year old “Puppy”, “The Best Friend Ever” had died. I decided that however ugly those dishes were, they were still there because my wife had been leaving them there and they meant something to her, and I respect her.

In the historical remembrance of the life of David, there is a place in II Samuel where it speaks of three mighty men who stood with David. The names of these men were Adino, Eleazar and Shammah. There it describes super human things that they did. One thing it describes was when David, with these three mighty men were then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. While they were in hiding it says “And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” He didn’t realize what these three mighty men out of respect for their King would do. It goes on and says; “And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David:” Once again we see God provide us with another tremendous example of respect because we read; “nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD. and he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it.

The understanding and practice of respect is sadly becoming a lost quality. We are regularly seeing things that we grew up doing out of respect, not being done now because it seems that people don't even understand the concept. I was taught that as a man, I should not on most cases wear my hat inside a building out of respect. I was taught to say "yes Mam or no Mam", "yes Sir or no Sir." The way we dressed up in our best Sunday go to meeting cloths was out of respect for the Lord's Day.

Unless we install within our hearts and minds principles and practices from the Word Of God we will have no more understanding of things like respect than some dumb cow. This is why good solid preaching from the Word Of God is so important. This is why it is so important for God’s people to be where the Word is being preached and taught on a regular basis.

God help me to learn respect!
 
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Some Thoughts about music

in the church

from Dr. Bill Blount

 
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Eph 5:19

It is quite interesting to realize that music in the church has for centuries been a source of both argument and great blessing. In one period of time it was considered absolutely wrong for open congregational singing because you could have women singing openly and women were after all to remain silent. There was also a time when it was thought completely improper for open congregational singing because it would allow for the possibility of both saved and unsaved to sing together which would be an unscriptural yoke. Other times allowed for only the trained qualified singers to be allowed to sing.

We know that John and Charles Wesley were not Baptists but as we trace some periods of their lives we find that they were Missionaries before they were by their own words really born again. In time as they grew in the Lord they were responsible for the beginning of the use of Hymns and Hymn books the way that we use them today. In their mission work trying to reach the thousands of their own Englishmen who were of a totally different class system they came under great criticism. Their whole society was locked into a class system that made this something that was not thought of as a good thing to do. But they were greatly burdened with reaching these lost souls. Many of these “peasants” had very hard lives where they worked very hard for very little at mostly menial jobs. There were thousands of them who worked in the coal mines. Coal mining has always been a dangerous matter but in that day it was unbelievably dangerous. Very few of these peasants could read or write. The Wesley’s found that they were able to reach many of them with the gospel of Christ and they did. As they began to see the numbers of these peasants grow, they faced many problem. One was the fact that they were not welcomed into the higher societal churches of England so they very soon began to meet at other places which started other churches. This was not completely legal by some reasoning under their system of government which sometimes caused problems. There was another problem they faced that was huge. However, this problem ended up producing something that had not been done. This was the problem of teaching these new converts bible doctrine. They could not read or write so this presented a real challenge. After all, the great commission from our Lord said “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”. The solution to this problem was solved by the Wesley’s by the writing of hymns. During his life Charles wrote over 9000 hymns. Sometimes tunes that were already known from some other source could be used but new words would be written that would through the verses teach key bible doctrines. Sometimes he would need to originate new tunes to go with these bible doctrinal words. What a truly wonderful thing. These new unlearned peasants who could neither read nor write could very easily be taught to sing a song. As they learned these songs they were also learning a new precious bible doctrine that now could bring new joy and peace and proper scriptural growth to their new born again hearts. Some of these illiterate people became some of the strongest stalwarts of Christian example the world has ever known. I know that we are not trying to become Methodist and we know why we are Baptists, but I must say, Oh that God would impress upon our hearts today the same kind of Spirit led motivation in choosing and using the music in our services.

“Preaching The Glorious Gospel Of Christ And Making Melody Along The Way”