Samson--A Separated Faith (21 of 26) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

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Judges 13:1-25

As we continue through the Faith Hall of Fame, we come to a man by
the name of Samson. His pilgrimage is so fascinating that we want to
study it in several segments. Samson was committed to a separated
faith.. .living right in a wrong world-. It's not an easy thing to do.
I remember reading about a very special girl who was picked for
the Homecoming Queen at her high school, but she refused to participate
in the dance afterwards because of her own convictions.
I remember the business man who had a very strong commitment to
integrity in the business world. He was instructed that when his
boss's wife called, to tell her that her husband was not there, while
all the time my brother knew that his boss was having an affair with a
secretary. He decided that he could not lie any longer, and
consequently was fired from a very good position in the company.
I remember the mother who came to me. She had two fine boys and
was expecting her third child. However, she had contracted German
Measles and the doctors had all advised her to abort her baby because
the great risk of birth defects. She said, "No, we have prayed for
this child, and whether it is afflicted or not, we will have it."
The baby was born, with no defects, and is now a fine, teen-age
young man. But they were willing to pay the price of obeying God's
Word, and were willing to be right in a wrong world.
That's not easy, is it? All of us face the challenge of that kind
of world and the culture in which we live, pressing in on us and
seeking to make us conform to its mold.
Whenever we use the terms, "holiness," or "a separated life,"
immediately a lot of people see that as one of the following:
1) Perfection,
2) Prohibition against certain things (playing cards, dressing a
certain way, etc.)
3) ...

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