by Jim Henry

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Pastor Jim Henry
First Baptist Church of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #208, CT 310093

"The Building, Behavior, And Blessing Of Holiness"
(I Peter 1:16)

We believe that God meant what He said and said what He meant. We
don't believe we need a translation of the Bible that's a
transmutation. We're going to read it out of "the Book" the way God
said it. Not how some folks try to close a so-called gender-gap. If
we will stay with this Book and not some translations that are simply
an attack and distortion on the Word of God, we'll not get into
I'm going to say something more emphatic about that. The text is
chapter 1 verses 23-25. It says that the Word of God is imperishable
and is the living, abiding Word of God, and the Word of the Lord abides
Then I read in the paper about a New Bible and the translation of it
where God is mother and Father. I thought, "Well, Lord, your Word is
always right where it's happening." If you stay in God's Word, you can
just about read your headlines every day. It comes right out of this
Book. It points us to what is happening in the world.
Let's read verse 16:
. ...because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE
Do you want to be holy? Are you holy? Do you think it's fanatical to
be holy? Do you think it's too difficult to be holy?"
Some people do. They would rather belong to a church that made no
demands on them. They'd rather have a Christianity that did not demand
their best. Some people would rather play on a ball team whose coach
didn't want the best. Some people would rather work for an
organization that was lackadaisical and only exerted half an effort to
be what it could be. God says, "You shall be holy. I want your best,
not a half-way commitment."
I saw a cartoon of a church. In front was a big billboard that said
"The Lite Church." Many of you are famil ...

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