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A Study In That Old Time Religion Compared To The Modern Church Of Today
By: Dr. Danny Bezet


I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2Timothy 4:1-8

I am very troubled today about the spiritual state of those in our Fundamental Baptist Churches. What the world and those in liberal movements do has always troubled me, but it is alarming what has crept into some of our Fundamental Churches.

It seems that some of the most basic doctrines that we have held to for all these years are slipping away and losing their impact and importance. Things like the Local Church, eternal security, inerrancy of the Bible, the Lordship of Christ, the simple Bible plan of salvation, personal and ecclesiastical separation, and many other parts of the foundation of our faith have been cast aside and many are being attracted to a modern feel-good and politically correct religion.

Our thinking has changed, our doctrine has changed, our worship has changed, our music has changed, and many have changed Bibles. That has caused so many other things to change. Many are now ashamed of their Old Time Religion roots and seeking something more contemporary.

Those that were once solid, rock-rib Fundamentalists have forsaken that old path and are now on a dangerous road of compromise. Let me give you just one example:

Charles Billingsley, the Worship Leader at the Thomas Road Baptist Church, Pastored by Dr. Jerry Falwell recently decided to go to Las Vegas to sit under the influence of entertainer Wayne Newton to learn how to use his tactics to make their music program and worship service better. As Mr. Newton performs, Billingsley sits there noting how many songs he sings, where he takes a break, and how long he talks between songs. He says he loves it when the crowd is rocking.

That is just one example of where the contemporary mindset will take us. I am not going there and by Godís grace, I will not allow this Church to go there! While many so-called Fundamentalists are dropping their standards, I am going to hold mine high and walk the road that has served me well for all these years.

I realize that even a small breach in the strong spiritual walls we have built or a small crack in the foundation we have laid, will give the Devil a great opening to destroy all that we have.

I will tell you that there is relentless pressure on this Preacher as well as most others I know to let up, let down, and let go of what has made us what we are. But when we forsake what we were and change what we are, we will change what we will be in the future.

As difficult and unpopular as it might be, I have made up my mind that I am going to stand for this Old King James Bible and for the One that gave it to me. Sure I get weary of the conflict and wish it were not such a hard battle, but as the flesh gets weary, the Bible says that the spiritual man is renewed day by day.

It is easy to look around at the mega-churches and desire some of what they have. But we have a Bible and the Holy Ghost to tell us that our faith is not to be measured by material possessions or financial resources, it is to be measured by our moral, Biblical, and spiritual assets. The poor back-woods Preacher and the small country Church that stand on the truths of God and rely on His mighty hand are much more valuable that all the money in all the banks in the world.

Long before you or I arrived, some great old landmarks were set up for us. To neglect and tear them down would be ungrateful and sinful. It would also be foolish because it would damage our inheritance.

Thou shalt not remove thy neighbourís landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it. Deuteronomy 19:14

God has promised us that we can reach the end of our journey with no regrets, knowing that we ran a good race and set the right example. A life so lived will have an even greater promise of a treasure laid up in Heaven. God will reward those that know what we have was given to us by Him and we must hold it sacred.

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2Peter 1:21

How can the new path of compromise look attractive once we have walked the old path of Godís good way? How can the troubled path that most walk on today seem better than Godís old proven path of rest and peace?

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your soulsÖ Jeremiah 6:16

Iím pleading with you to join me in determining to walk Godís old path that has been purchased with the blood, sweat and tears of Godís most precious servants and not cross over to the cheap path of modern religion.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap Christianity; short, simple and shallow.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap Bible, filled with meaningless words and cute pictures instead of sound doctrine.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap worship that is not a sweet savor to God, but a rotten stench and nothing but offensive to Him. Worship that is rock and hip-hop instead of holy and sacred.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap life that is void of spiritual nutrition and filled with worldly fat. A life with no real devotion to God or the Bible and is centered on temporal and material things.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced cheap homes and marriages with throw away vows, undisciplined children, disgraceful habits, and unsaved friends. Relationships where immorality reigns and holiness is unknown.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap pulpit with hirelings instead of men of God with a fire in their bones and a saw-log for a spine. The modern Preacher is nothing more than a cheap imitation of a pop psychologist that feels your pain and steals your money.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap view of sin. It no longer requires repentance, but a fast prayer, a short memory, and the expectation of a repeat performance. It does not take sin and itís consequences seriously and wants to shy away from the negative and dwell only on the positive.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap commitment to God. The tithe is no longer applicable for today, now we just give Him what we have left over. We attend Church as it pleases us and offer nothing but excuses for our unfaithfulness.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced cheap Youth Programs that have no Bible study or discipleship, just fun, games, lock-ins, and leaders that look and act like rock stars instead of Christians. The teens and parents will get upset at strong Bible teaching about abstinence, separation, purity, and serving in the Church.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced Church leaders that are not rooted and grounded in the Word and the most spiritual phrase they can come up with is, ďHave a nice day.Ē

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a Church with cheap relationships among itís members. It is no longer a covenant relationship, but a fashion show and a gathering place where we say a quick hello and maybe a handshake and get away as quick as we can. The modern Church members are not looking for a bonding relationship that will require concern for others needs or spiritual condition.

Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap salvation and is not based on Bible truth or the instructions of the Saviour. Doctrine, substitutionary atonement and regeneration are not itís foundation; itís all about how they feel. They got saved by a human decision or a handshake in the front of the Church.

And Iím talking about a cheap religion that has produced a cheap Heaven where all will go (regardless of their faith) and have a big party and live happily ever after.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 3

Every generation of believers has this command. We will be tempted to compromise and we will be challenged to change. But we MUST stand fast in That Old Time Religion and earnestly contend for the faith.

This will not be easy or popular, that is why God calls it contending. The world has thrown every ďismĒ it can come up with at us to confuse, deceive, and destroy us. The lost liberal religious leaders are constantly crying for us to tear down the walls that separate us from the unbelievers.

Those that push the modern ecumenical movement are marginalizing the Fundamentalists. Even the News Media is constantly using that word to describe everything that is wrong in our society. Those that will not compromise their beliefs are seen as a threat instead of a valuable force for good and decency.

Modern Christianity has become counterfeit, something skillfully created by the forces of evil. We are living in the age of religious deception. The Devil is smart enough to make his fake very close to the real and so many are not spiritual enough to know the difference. Others ought to know the difference, but it does not seem to matter.

Those that are falling for the false Fundamentalism of our day like it because it is soft and sweet, but it has no Biblical strength and character. I am not going to jump off of That Old Time Religion ship to a new and shiny ship that violates the Bible.

Something is wrong with some of the Fundamentalists I know that can go either way, run with either crowd. They will not or cannot see the difference in the real and the fake. I want more than just the appearance of That Old Time Religion; the cry from the depths of my soul is for the real thing.

One of the things that trouble me is some Independent Fundamental Baptist Preachers and Churches that hold to the sound doctrines of the Bible, but they have no problem embracing the methods, ideas, and language of the modernists. They are trying to run is two different camps at the same time.

Itís time for the true Fundamentalist to Preach, promote, and practice That Old Time Religion and chunk the rest. The world does not need wannabes, it needs the real Old Time Religion and old time Bible-believing, sin-hating, soul-winning, separated, King James Bible loving, unashamed Baptist Preachers. We have too many closet liberals.

I understand what has brought us to this point. It is the attraction of so many Preachers and Christians to so-called intellectualism. I know some that have sold out and have turned from That Old Time Religion to bow and worship at the shrine of intellectualism. They are driven by a desire to have the world and the liberal religious crowd think they are smart.

The ambition driven personality has never done anything great for God. Those that want to be religious stars belong on TBN and the Old Time Preacher belongs behind the pulpit of an old fashioned Fundamental Church. My Bible says it is not a good thing when the world, particularly the lost, speak well of you. But that has become the goal of many once good Preachers.

That is also why many are changing their music. They are trying to impress the world with their programs and their numbers. The anything-to-get-a-crowd bunch is sweeping the religious world today and That Old Time Religion is fast becoming extinct.

Contemporary music and manufactured worship is much easier for the lost to accept. My Preacher taught me a long time ago, That Old Time Religion will either drive or draw. The truth is, we need to be concerned about drawing the approval of God rather than men, especially the world.

My heart breaks as I see Churches that were built by old time Preachers that believed and stood for That Old Time Religion being hijacked by the contemporary crowd. They push the old timers out or relegate them to another service to get them out of the way. It will be a cold day where the boogieman lives before that happens here while I am the Pastor.

I am not looking for a show, the faÁade of spirituality, I want to see the power of God and His holy presence manifested again like it used to be. A great price has been paid for That Old Time Religion and I want to remember and honor those that paid it by doing all I can to preserve it.

The modern compromisers have never built anything; all they can do is steal what others have built. They want it handed to them without having to pay the price. They infiltrate good Churches and try to redefine and redo everything. They oppose hard Preaching and confrontational soul-winning and promote the kind of Church that attracts others like themselves.

They have killed soul-winning programs, bus ministries, street ministries, jail ministries and other old fashioned ministries and birthed family life centers, aerobics, bowling, baseball, satellite groups, etc. We have come full circle, we have returned to what we once broke away from. We are now opening our doors and arms to those we once considered the enemy.

I have very little fellowship outside this Church family and it will probably get worse because I am not going to cuddle up with and court the world. My loneliness will not drive me to seek their favor and/or approval. I know that the compromise of old time Fundamentalism will spell the end to That Old Time Religion. In old time Fundamental Independent Baptist Churches is the only place you will find it. When it is no longer there, it will no longer exist.

I know some think I am too hard-nosed and untrusting, but I have seen too many Preachers trust what they thought were the good intentions of members and end up in the ditch of ruin. Those that watch TBN and listen to contemporary music on the radio all week long cannot be expected to influence the direction of an old time Fundamental Baptist Church. If they do, it will not be an improving influence.

Others may go along to get along, but I will not. I have been called to be the undershepherd of this flock. Shepherds lead, not follow.

No one falls off a dangerous cliff unless they get too close to the edge. We have too many Churches and Preachers flirting with the modernists and are ending up at the bottom of the ravine.

That is why we must heed the warning of Scripture:

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 3

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1Thessalonians 5:22

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1Samuel 15:22

No amount of religious activity or notoriety can make up for the loss of That Old Time Religion. God help us to stay by the stuff, walk the old paths, seek revival, and experience That Old Time Religion. That means we are going to have to stand strong for the King James Bible and love the doctrines it gives:

Ö that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1Timothy 3:15

We cannot give in, give up, or give out; we must give it all we got.


There are many that do not know what we are talking about when we speak of That Old Time Religion. Brother Roloff sang this old song about it:

Now everybody is talking about something, you can hear as the world passes by; Some are talking about their wealth and their mansions, others talk about their trouble and their strife; Now I donít know how to talk to a rich man, when compared Iím a beggar no doubt; But if youíre talking about that old time religion, well I know what youíre talking about.

I like to talk about the time that Jesus saved me, when my poor soul was sinking down in sin; I like to talk about the times that He helped me, through the sunshine, the storm, and the rain; I like to talk about the time of His coming, when Iíll see His sweet face thereís no doubt; Now if youíre talking about that old time religion, well I know what youíre talking about.

If youíre talking about the old time religion, I can tell you what youíre talking about; About the kind that will make you love your Pastor, when old Satan would say, ďkick him out;Ē About the kind that will comfort you in sorrow, and will never, never fail to make you shout; Now if youíre talking about that old time religion, well I know what youíre talking about.

Brother Roloff went to be with the Lord in 1982. Heís gone and sadly for many, That Old Time Religion is gone too; they just donít know what weíre talking about.

Most of us have heard and maybe laughed at these modern educators that say that we can no longer tell students that they are wrong because they are really right in their own minds. If a child really believes that two plus two is five, we might damage that child by telling him that he is wrong. So instead of correcting him, we reward him for error. Maybe it was funny years ago, but it is no longer funny because it is the prevailing mindset in modern education. We have pushed absolute truth aside and now embrace relative truth. That means what is truth to you, even if it is contrary to actual facts, is still truth. To this old Cajun, that is not truth, itís stupidity!

As stupid as it may be, for the last forty years the educational system in this nation has rallied around it. It started with the phrase, ďDo your own thingĒ and soon became ďThink your own thing.Ē Most of us that grew up in the 1960ís outgrew such foolishness when we had to face the real world. But those that went to college and majored in education and have never had to face the real world, they are still holding to that childish foolishness.

They hold the majority of decision-making and policy establishing positions in the schools and the students are coming out of that system saying that any and all values are acceptable because they seem right to some. If you are sincere and that is your personal belief and experience, then it cannot be wrong.

They still talk about truth and say that they believe in truth, but they have changed the definition of truth. While they speak of truth, they really mean that what is true for you. You see, what is true for you may not be true for others.

Those that are trying to make a difference and bring Christ to a lost and dying world see the manifestation of this foolishness all the time. We stand at their doors and present the clear Bible plan of salvation to them, and they look at us as sincere as they can and say, ďThat is what you believe, but it is not what I believe.Ē

Most do not try to argue or fight, they listen and seem to be open to what we have to say, they are just not going to accept it as Absolute Truth, because they have their own version of truth. They believe that they are saved and on their way to Heaven because they have been taught all of their lives that they can hold to anything that they earnestly believe is the truth.

They justify themselves, not by the Absolute Truth of the Bible, but by the truth that they have set in their own minds. They do not view this as error because for all of their lives someone has said to them, ďWhat is true for one person may not be the truth for others.Ē

Now those same people have grown up and entered into the religious institutions and become leaders. They are teaching in the Bible Colleges and many are standing in the pulpits of Churches. When they stand to proclaim what they believe is truth, it is in no way connected to Absolute Truth.

When we that are part of That Old Time Religion speak of truth, we are talking about the Truth of the Bible that never changes and is absolute for every person, in every place, in every situation, and in every generation. But those in modern religion have never accepted that Truth.

That is why modern religion is filled with chaos and confusion; there are no absolutes! They do not believe that anyone has the right to stand up and say that anyone else is wrong. May I remind you, that is not the thinking that built this great nation and brought us the great Spiritual Revivals of history.

This nation and That Old Time Religion was built of the Absolute Truths of the Bible and real Christians have never doubted them or questioned them. Now the modern religion crowd is trying to tear down everything that was built with their so-called tolerance. They are willing and anxious to tolerate the ideas and views of everyone; even those that purposefully deny the Bible. The only thing that the modernists are not tolerant of is Absolute Truth! And they are especially not tolerant of those that proclaim it.

Society and religion alike, has now set the new standard. It is no longer acceptable to speak out against Sodomy, abortion, and other sins that the Bible clearly condemns. We are dangerous because we actually believe that what we say is right and what they say is wrong. Again, they have been taught most of their lives that what someone believes is truth for them and they have their rights.

The time has come for those that say they believe the Bible and want to stand for God to draw a line in the sand. We have to step up and say that God and His Word is The Absolute Truth, no matter what anyone else says or sincerely believes.

Fundamental Baptist, especially, have come to a critical crossroads. We have to decide if we are going to follow the modernists or continue to walk the well-worn path of That Old Time religion. Are we going to fall for the relative truth religion or the Absolute Truth of That Old Time Religion?

Itís time to closely examine every Preacher and every Sunday School teacher and lead them to that same decision. Will we go along with the modern Bible-denying culture or will we stand for the King James Bible and That Old Time Religion?

While I am alarmed at what I see in so many Churches today, I am not a fatalist. I realize that this is not a new problem. Jesus faced the same enemy:

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:35-38

God likens people to sheep and they will follow leadership. The trouble that is destroying many Churches today is not the fault of the sheep, but those that are leading them. As I said, many of the Preachers of the modern Churches have come out of Bible Colleges with that relative truth philosophy.

As far as this Church is concerned, I am going to stand for That Old Time Religion and those that I allow to stand in this pulpit are going to stand for the same. We are going to go out into the streets and lanes of our community and seek out those sheep that will follow the right kind of leadership and stand for the Absolute Truth of the Bible.

I may not be popular with the modernists, but that does not concern me. I donít want what they have and I donít want to go in the direction they are going. I hold in my hand the King James Bible and it has given me the Absolute, Unchanging Truth of God.

I am determined that I am going to have Church members that know what we are talking about when we talk about That Old Time Religion. And I also want us to have compassion on those that donít know and continue to go out all over this area and seek out those lost and deceived sheep.

My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Ezekiel 34:6

There are saved people all over this area, but they are scattered upon every hill, confused, deceived, wounded, suffering, and under a heavy load of the filth and turmoil of this world. What they need is a dose of That Old Time Religion.

And it is time for the Independent Baptist Christians, the spiritual leaders, to go out and rescue them from their unsettled state. We have to take our stand against the modern culture of relative truth and hold high the Absolute Truth of God!

We have bowed down too long and some have even become ashamed of That Old Time Religion. But Iím challenging each person here to understand that it is our only hope. We cannot go our own way and trust our own version of the truth, we have to know, stand for, and proclaim Godís Absolute Truth!

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Some are a little taken back at my Preaching sometimes and think that I am too strong and am not sensitive to the feeling of others. I am not trying to offend anyone and I surely donít want to hurt them, but I am not the one that is guilty.

The guilty one is the modern Preacher that will not stand for and hold fast to That Old Time Religion:

For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. Jeremiah 10:21

Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Jeremiah 23:1

The only thing that will draw, heal, and unite Godís people is That Old Time Religion! I want to seek the Lord, not the approval and praise of men. Those that Preached, practiced, and promoted That Old Time Religion have never been loved by the world.

It is the seeking of that love, approval, and praise of the world that has scattered and hurt Godís people and began the destroying process for many modern Churches.

In the verses we used as our text, we find Paul nearing the time of his death; he is about to hand the mantle to the next generation. God help us to have That Old Time Religion intact so we may hand it to the generation that follows us.

The modern religion that is sweeping our society today is a far cry from That Old Time Religion that was handed to us. Modern religion has no firm grip on the Absolute Truth of God and is a constantly changing thing. Whatever the present society demands, modern religion is ready to deliver.

Well, society is demanding that we get rid of the sound doctrine of the Bible and make it up as we go. They want what feels right at the time. Paul warned Timothy of this time and we need to heed that warning today:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrineÖ 2Timothy 4:3

Most people today are looking for religious change. They donít know what they want to change and they donít know why they want to change, but they are demanding change. They have made up their minds that they are no longer going to endure sound doctrine.

They are attracted to anything that is labeled ďnew.Ē The new will not remain the same; it is flexible and will give in and change at the demands of men.

Those of us that reject the new and hold fast to the old are attacked and accused. We are told that what we call Absolute Truth is the result of faulty teaching and upbringing and we have just been wrongly influenced. They scoff at the very idea that anyone could claim to know what The Absolute Truth is.

God has something to say about that crowd:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Romans 1:18

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Romans 1:25

All of this modern religion craze is not a surprise to God; He warned us of it long ago. The truth of God is being rejected and the search is on for the new truth being proclaimed and promoted by the modernists. They want a new Bible, new methods, new worship, new music, new programs, and new standards.

But The Old Time Religion says without apology and without compromise, ďthe Bible has not changed; God gave it to us. We are not about to throw it away.Ē

This modern religion crowd may believe they have arrived intellectually, but when judged by the Old King James Bible, they fall short. In fact, they are addressed in that Blessed Book:

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2Timothy 3:7

But their decision to no longer accept Absolute Truth is not all they have done:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts Ö 2Timothy 4:3

The modernists worship themselves and their own feelings instead of the True and Living God. That is what TBN and the other modern religion promoters are all about. What is right in their own eyes is right to them and the Absolute Truth of The Old Time Religion means nothing. Again, God has something to say about them:

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2Peter 3:3-7

The world seems to be filled with those that hate the Absolute Truth of the Bible. They scoff at it and those that believe it. Is that because they donít think it is true? I donít believe so:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:18-20

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Danny "Preacher" Bezet
Victory Baptist Church
1800 East Archer Rd
Baytown, TX 77521
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