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GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION!
A Study In That Old Time Religion Compared To The Modern Church Of Today
By: Dr. Danny Bezet
VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH
1800 EAST ARCHER ROAD
BAYTOWN, TEXAS 77521
GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION Part 2
They hate it because they know it IS true! God does not believe in atheists. He has written the Truth in the heart of every man:
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;
Wicked men scoff at the Absolute Truth of the Bible because they are walking after their own lusts and they hate anything or anyone that reproves them:
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. John 3:19-20
The wicked hate this Bible and That Old Time Religion because they don’t want to change their ways! The modernists claim to be doing God’s work, but they are doing it in a way that feels good to them and is acceptable to the unchurched, regardless of what the Bible says.
They call it “seeker friendly” but it is not friendly to God. They have left a long and sad trail of dead and dying Churches along the way. They survey the community to see what the Church should do; the Old Time Religionists survey the Bible to see what the Church should do.
The Pastor must be careful not to give in to these demands. God holds him to a high standard:
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Again, rejecting Absolute Truth and seeking after their own lusts is not all they have done:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers…
They will not submit themselves to one single authority. They do not have One Absolute God and they will not have one teacher or Pastor. They want many instructors so they can get as many versions as they want. Then they can choose the one that fits their present lifestyle.
They don’t want One God, One Pastor or One Bible. The Absolute Truth of That Old Time Religion requires One Absolute Authority. If there is more than One Authority, you become your own authority and that is what modern religion has produced.
But they take it yet another step:
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.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Here is the fable they now believe; if you believe something strongly enough, God will change His stand and accept yours. They actually believe they can move God to align Himself with them.
I have seen this countless times as people counsel with me and do nothing but justify their sin and convince me that they have convinced themselves that God approves of it. It is nothing more than a silly fable that the Devil told them, and they believe it!
God’s warnings are clear; men have always rejected them and are still doing so today. As Fundamentalists, as those that are still standing for That Old Time Religion; we must not let up. Let us hear God as He speaks to us now:
But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
I say again, “GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION!”
That Old Time Religion is not found in our experience, our intellect, or any modern personalities. It is found in the Unchanging Truth of the Bible.
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;
Jesus Christ, the one that the Bible calls “The Word” will judge every man. He will judge them according to the Eternal Truth of the Bible. He is that Truth and He is the Author of that Truth. He and His Truth never change!
For I am the LORD, I change not…
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Unlike modern religion, God’s Old Time Religion does not change with the times. The demands of men or society will never alter it. It is unchanging because it is rooted and grounded in God and His Unchanging Truth.
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
In our text, Paul admonished Timothy and all other Preachers to “Preach The Word!” We are not to Preach what we think or what others want us to Preach, we must Preach the Word. God gave us His Word and there is no way ANY man can improve on it.
“Thus saith the Lord” still stands as the only Eternal Truth! Many read the Bible before they Preach, but what they read does not have anything to do with what they Preach. Someone said, “The Scripture has as much to do with modern religion as the National Anthem has to do with a football game.”
The modern Preacher gets his message started with the Bible, but he does not use that Scripture as the Final Authority for what he Preaches.
The messages of That Old Time Religion must be filled with the Word of God and what the Preacher has to say must never violate it. If anything needs to be cut or changed, it needs to be the words of the man, not the Word of God.
That Old Time Religion must be powerful enough to impact, convict, and change the hearts of men, and there is no way for that to happen apart from God’s Word:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Because we have not been faithful to Preach the Word, all of the Word, we have seen modern religion evolve into something that is not the Truth and void of life-changing power. Now we see the reality of what God’s Word tells us:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…
People are not accustomed to hearing the whole counsel of God Preached from the pulpits of the modern Church; therefore they will not tolerate anything that is contrary to their lifestyle and their personal experience.
Most today have never known That Old Time Religion and have been deceived into believing that the substitute they now have is the real thing. The Bible also warns us about this:
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.
Peter goes on the say that what he had seen was the manifestation of what God has said:
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
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.
There are many today that see the foolishness on TV and go to Churches where that foolishness is imitated and they claim to have That Old Time Religion because of the crowds and the excitement that accompanies it.
They say, “I can’t explain it, I just know I experienced it.”
But we have God’s Word, that Sure Word, that tells us we cannot make it up to please and excite our own flesh. It’s never about us or what we feel is best; it’s all about Him and what He says!
It matters not what anyone may have experienced, the ONLY thing that really matters is what the Bible says. Modern religion has placed their feelings above God’s Word. If that is right, then God’s Word has changed. Is that possible? Can these people really get a “New word of knowledge?”
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
If His Word is settled in Heaven, I say to you that it is settled on this earth also!
Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
It does not matter how many followers they have, it does not matter how much money they take in, it does not matter how much acceptance they gain, the Word of God cannot be broken!
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
The Bible, upon which That Old Time Religion stands, still stands today and will continue to stand FOREVER!
The problem that modern religion has with That Old Time Religion is what it does to them. The Bible says that it will impact them:
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
That is the purpose of the changed Bibles and the changed messages; they want to take the reproving, the rebuking, and the exhorting out. But the Old Time Religion Fundamentalists have always said, “When you have the ability to change the Bible, it no longer has the ability to change you.”
One old Preacher said it like this, “Quit studying your Bible and let it study you.” He was not saying to quit studying it, he was saying that we are to quit trying to explain it and figure it out; we are to just let it do it’s work in our lives.
The modern religion crowd read their Bibles with the attitude that they know more than God and they are able to interpret what God really meant. No one will ever know what That Old Time Religion is until they fall on their face before a Holy God and in humility submit to His Word!
The Word of God will search and stir your heart and pierce your heart like nothing else can. When a person is submitted and that submission turns into obedience, then he is ready to know what That Old Time Religion is.
Again, we must establish the fact that we have a Final Authority. That Authority is God and He expresses His Authority through His Word. That is the only hope we have to be conformed into His image and empowered by His Spirit.
His Word is a burning and revealing light to show every sin and flaw. Once that wickedness is exposed, it tells us to change and become like Him. Again, that is why we are to read it:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
While modern religion is making it’s message pleasing to man; they call it seeker friendly, we are forgetting that we will not give an account to man, but to God. Paul instructed Timothy to endure whatever That Old Time Religion brought into his life:
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
It makes no difference what man may demand; we will be judged by the Eternal Truth of God’s Word. The modern Laodicean Church has compromised away it’s power and it’s once strong love for the Absolute Truth of God. They have given in to the demands of men and call it success; not realizing that God left them long ago. But one day soon, He will return to judge them by the Word they have rejected.
The motivation of the modern Church is to gain numbers, popularity, and wealth. The motivation of That Old Time Religion Church is to gain the blessing and power of God.
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
It is sad that a Church and the leaders of a Church would sacrifice their integrity to gain the approval and praise of men. It is sad that such a Church and leaders would not be able to lead people to a closer relationship and walk with Christ, but would, in fact, do the opposite.
They advertise to a sick and dying world that they can come as they are, leave like they came, and remain as they were. In a cloak of deceit they play the world’s music, speak the world’s language, seek the world’s pleasure, and obtain the world’s results. They never emphatically tell the lost that they must change anything. That in no way represents the message of That Old Time Religion presented in the Bible:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The modern Preachers have taken the world’s philosophies and practices and incorporated them into the Church. They market their Church ministries to be attractive to the desires of those in the community. They make the Church like them to attract them.
That Old Time Religion searches the Scriptures to find out what the Lord Jesus wants them to present to the community. They do not build Churches for the glory of men, but for the honor and glory of God.
We have filled the modern Church with lukewarm Christians and lost people that want to tell God’s man how to run the Church and what to Preach. I wish I had the kindness and grace that some have, but this I know, it’s ain’t going to happen here!
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
I don’t want to needlessly stir up trouble, but I know the One I have to please. He is the One that has entrusted me with the Gospel and the responsibility of this Church. God help us to see men rise up and stand with the man of God and be faithful servants, Preaching, practicing, and promoting That Old Time Religion.
We must not attempt to adapt the Church to men, but do all we can to bring men to Christ. Those that have decided to travel that compromising road have polluted the grace of God. They have Preached a message that says God’s Grace does not lead to a more holy life, but a life that is not concerned at all about holiness.
That Old Time Religion message has been rejected:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Modern religion Preaches a false doctrine that says because we are under grace we are NOT under any restraints. That Old Time Religion says that the more grace we have, the more like Jesus we will become.
Modern religion says that we can basically live any way we want to and because we are under grace, it is OK with God. Because they love that message, they attack the Old Time Religionists and call us legalists and other ridiculous names.
Old Time Religion would NEVER advocate legalism. Legalism adds to the grace of God and says that you must do religious activity in order to qualify for Heaven. We do not have as our sole desire to see people outwardly conform; we desire to see God change their hearts and they grow from the inside, which is always reflected on the outside.
The Church is not ours to do with as we please; it was purchased by God with the Blood of Christ at Calvary. When man puts his fingerprints on it, it will be destroyed. One of the ways this destruction comes is the loss of compassion for the lost.
We see it all around us; Bus Ministries and soul-winning ministries are abandoned, the so-called outreach ministries that remain do not have as their main motivation to keep people out of Hell. They are more concerned with making them comfortable and feel loved as they slide off into a Christless eternity.
I am not saying that we ought to carry and huge Bible a point our finger of condemnation at everyone for their sins. But we are not to allow the world’s conception of love to take away the real love of God. The modern Church does not want to condemn anyone, so their message does not convict anyone.
We must love them enough to tell them the truth:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
Where is the love of the modern Church that produces a consuming desire to see the lost come to Christ? They traded that real love for souls for a love for knowledge. They teach and hold seminars, yet their so-called knowledge does not draw people to Christ.
I have found that people don’t really care how much Bible you know, they just want to know that you love them. When they know that, they will be receptive to your message. As you look out at this city, may your heart be moved with compassion for the souls of men. That is Old Time Religion!
Even in our Fundamental Churches we have lost our rejoicing over people being saved. We don’t even rejoice when people grow in the Lord. Our love is for other things.
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
God help us to return to the Victory Shout; the joy of seeing God work in the lives of people. The “Amens” during the Preaching ought to be a sign of approval for the Truth, but it also ought to be because that Truth is working in the lives of those that are hearing it.
Our hearts ought to burn to see God’s Word miraculously transform lives. We need to have a Church filled with shouts for what God is doing in lives, homes, families, and our community. Again, that’s Old Time Religion!
We need our members leaving this place with a story to tell others about what God has done in our midst. Instead most never speak of the work that God does; it seems that they are ashamed:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The modern Church loves to boast about what is going on over there. They talk about how much love they have. I submit to you that a so-called love that presents a changed Bible, a compromised message, and a false salvation is not love at all. Making people feel secure and comfortable while on their way to Hell can only be described as hate.
They are trying to draw people away from That Old Time Religion with advertisements that tell them if they are tired of hard Preaching and Biblical standards, they need to join them, where they will never hear those things again. They say, “We’ll trade That Old Time Religion for a rock & roll, feel good religion. We’ll trade holiness for entertainment.”
This world does not need a Church where Jesus is on the outside knocking to get in. It needs a Church where people can run to as a refuge from the world and get a real dose of That Old Time Religion.
Have I told you what I really want? GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION!
The fight for the heart and soul of the Church has been raging for years. Many of our Independent, Fundamental Baptist Churches have been influenced by the modern-day philosophy. Everything is designed to please and attract men and shun the presence of a Holy God.
The modern Church is ever changing to fit into the latest fad or theory of religious success. The appetites of men are always contrary to the demands of God. It has become increasingly difficult to stand against these compromisers because they have influenced so many of our members.
While it may be more difficult, it has never been more important. The Church is failing and the forces of evil are winning. It’s time to shake the sleeping Church before it dies in its sleep. The modern Church is described in the Bible:
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
It is sad to see so many sit in that kind of Church, deceived into believing that they are pleasing God, but God is not there; He has been locked out and is pleading to get back in. He does not hate those people, not even their misguided leaders. He is calling them back to That Old Time Religion.
So many Churches are now consumed with trying to please the world and those they see as potential members. But God is trying to call us back to the tried and proven purposes of That Old Time Religion:
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
We must take the emphasis off seeking to please the sinner and put it back on seeking the will of the Saviour.
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
There is a heavy price to be paid for the philosophy and the practice of the modern Church. We are seeing a great number of Churches embracing what will ultimately be their destruction.
The leaders of the modern Church have handed over the authority of the Church to the people, many times those outside the Church. They have given in to the demands of the unspiritual as they cry for an end to Preaching and teaching about Hell, judgment, and commitment to God.
Many have taken the word “Church” down and now call themselves “Worship Centers,” and other deceiving names. Many Baptist Churches are dropping the name “Baptist” so they will not be offensive to other faiths.
Give me that Old Time Religion Part 1
Give me that Old Time Religion Part 3