ARTICLE FROM SUMMER 2006 NEWSLETTER
“OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES…”
“I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.” Matt. 11:25, 26
Cassandra Whitaker - age 16
In my short lifetime of 16 years, I have had a privilege that so few people in this whole world has ever had. I have experienced two completely different life styles. One pursued earthly things, and the other pursued heavenly.
At one time I was what you may call, an “average” American person. I watched TV in most of my spare moments, loved to please the crowd, and had many of the same goals and pursuits that most American young girls would have. I went to Public school, and there, was encouraged to be competitive, self-preserving, and proud. I was taught the evolution fable and many other ungodly stories. We went to church semi-regularly and I remember as a young child having an interest in the Bible and I loved to attend church and learn about God.
Slowly, yet surely our lifestyle began to change. I no longer went to public school, but instead, I was home-schooled. The TV was put out of the house, and we stopped going to the bars, and attending “social” parties (I Thess. 5:22). My entire wardrobe changed to plain, modest apparel (I Tim. 2:9). My hair was put into a simple bun and covered with a veil (I Cor. 11:1-16). My parents explained these changes to me from the Bible as we went along; and helped me to understand why all this was taking place. It all seemed so strange and new, at first.
As the years went by, I felt my interest in the Lord growing stronger. The more I read and knew about Him, the more I wanted to be like Him; and the more I wanted to be like Him, the more I tried; and the more I tried, the happier I felt. I began to realize that true happiness does not come from material wealth, gain, or popularity — as I had once thought. To be honest: before I always felt pressured to be the best of everything, or the prettiest, which was a hard burden to carry. Now, I am free from the bondage and “rat race” of those pressures; because it doesn’t matter to God if you are the best, the prettiest, or the most popular. He is not a respecter of persons. He cares about my spiritual relationship with Him. If my heart is out to please the crowd, then my heart is not set to please God. I cannot serve two masters.
Seeing the life we lived before, and the one after we changed to serve God. I would never want to forsake the life I now live. Whenever I think about it, I praise and thank the Lord for taking me out of all that this world had to offer. Staying out of the schools was such a blessing. My parents were able to saturate my mind with books and curriculum that would teach me about God and His love and I was spared the peer pressure that would have certainly hindered my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Once again I praise the Lord. I find great joy and peace in knowing that my heart is right with God. And that is all that matters to me. All the pressures of fitting into today’s society have vanished. America, along with the rest of the world, will perish with all their vanities, and riches. A soul, who shows that he loves God, not only professing that he does so in tongue, but whose life proves it by his actions, will live on everlastingly.
A Christian woman we once knew and loved (She now has gone to be with the Lord) told me that she was visiting with an old acquaintance of ours concerning me. The old acquaintance said, “I think that once Cassie is old enough, she will see what a drab life she lives and will go spread her wings to see things she’s missed out on all these years”. At first I was surprised and then thought that maybe other people may think the same about me as well, so I would like to say that I have sided with out Savior, and I renounce all the world has to offer. I care not for wealth, gain, fame, or worldly honor. I cherish our new life that is centered on God and His Word. I personally feel so blessed to be a part of a church, where truth and God is first in everything. The only thing saddening about being in this church is realizing that the majority of the world is missing out on something so beautiful: A church that loves the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind; and strives to teach this to others (Matt. 23:37).
“I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking. The prophets habitually said, ‘Thus saith the Lord’. They meant their hearers to understand that God’s speaking is the continuous present. We may use the past tense properly to indicate that at a certain time a certain word of God was spoken, but a word of God continues to be spoken, as a child once born continues to be alive, or a world once created continues to exist. And those are but imperfect illustrations, for children die and worlds burn out, but the Word of our God, endureth forever.
If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. It is more than a thing; it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the living God.”
-- A.W. Tozer
Hannah Bullen — Age 15
Greetings to you all in Jesus’ name. I hope this finds you all well and following the light the Lord is bringing your way. I would like to share with you what a blessing it is to be a part of a Biblical church that is striving for one goal — to obey everythings the Bible teaches as it teaches it. It is sin to wrest and take out of context God’s Word. He said it the way He meant it, and we will be accountable for what we’ve done according to what it says, not what we change it to say. It is pride and rebellion toward God to think that somehow you are exempt from obedience to ALL the Bible teaches.
In such a church body there is the great blessing of accountability to each other and to God’s Word. When you are off by yourself, you are very vulnerable to the devil. He’ll get you comparing yourself to the world around you and you will begin to slip in your Christian walk — usually unnoticed. Accountability is essential to the Christian walk.
Here also comes in the importance of having a church standard. Setting up boundaries for the protection and guidance of the flock is very important. It helps keep us from comparing ourselves to the worldly churches around us and becoming just what they are - compromising, lukewarm, and deceived. It also keeps out a lot of wood, hay, and stubble; and helps us to discern what is gold, silver, and precious stone. I am not saying that just because you wear a headcovering and dress plain or modest you will go to heaven. That is not so. You must continually be searching your heart and surrendering it to the Lord, but a truly surrendered person will be doing these things as the Lord lightens their path.
We also practice communion with only like-faith believers, thereby keeping the body pure. We are to be the spotless bride of Christ. How can we be when we are in communion with those that have not made known their desire to follow all God’s Word and be in accordance with the true church of Christ? By taking communion with them you are condoning what they are doing.
Our church authorities are open and willing to discuss why we do what we do and are willing to change if a more Biblical way is shown. Anyone that is unwilling to discuss and explain why they do what they do in a logical way; or get angry when their views are challenged are only proving that they do not have a strong case. I am not referring to godly anger towards foolish, willful ignorance, but to uncontrolled emotions. Jesus and the apostles often harshly rebuked the willful rebels that tempted them, but clearly explained it to the sincere seeker. There is a great difference here.
In a godly church there is the blessing of brothers and sisters in Christ that are all striving together to become more like Christ. You are able to share your desires, goals, ideas, burdens, and problems and be given wise counsel and encouragement. Where will you get your counsel if you are not part of a godly church? Where will your children receive their counsel? Where will that kind of counsel lead them? To heaven or hell? These are important things to think about.
In a godly church fathers lead their families like real men — down the straight and narrow way. They teach them to honor and obey their God-ordained authorities by their example and instruction. They are not always trying to be foolish and get attention; but are striving to raise sober, godly, young people. They teach their children to lay up treasure in heaven, NOT on earth, by their example. They do not place any value on the world’s pursuits of riches, vanities, pleasures, unrighteous relationships, and carnal appetites. They have a close relationship with God and strive to serve Him with all their hearts, souls, strength and minds.
Mothers submit themselves in the Lord to their husbands. God leads through our authorities. The wives stand behind their husbands and encourage him on, not pull him back by their unwillingness and refusal to sacrifice for the Lord. God will richly bless the wife that obeys her husband in the Lord and encourages him on in the straight and narrow way. But God will judge those that discourage and break down their striving husbands. What about your children? Would you rather them go to hell than sacrifice your comfort? What’s more important?
Together the parents are training their children to be soldiers for the Lord’s army. With this as the goal, they do not allow their children to go to public school, but rather homeschool in a righteous way. They are not permitted to have worldly friends, but rather teach them to make friends of other soldiers training for the same army — our Lord’s. Parents do not allow youth to be on the internet alone, watch TV, or be involved in other worldly affairs whereby Satan is lying in wait to snare their souls. Parents should act as filters for their children to protect them from worldly influences.
They strive to teach them godly character, discretion, wisdom, obedience to God’s Word and their authorities, to hate sin, the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, the pride of life, and all Satan’s sugar coated poison. They instill a desire in the hearts of their children to be a light and witness to the lost, deceived world around them in these perilous end times. They encourage them on in the straight and narrow way that leads to Eternal Life.
The youth strive to be a faithful example of the believer as I Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” This is our goal. We are to shun the world’s empty offers that will pass away if we want to inherit eternal glory with our Lord. 2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” We must be very careful and follow our parents as to who we have for friends. We must keep our hearts pure before the Lord and patiently wait on Him for our future — if we desire His blessing and guidance in our lives. In the meantime, we should be faithfully serving God by serving in our homes and being a godly example to our younger and older brothers and sisters. When of age, we will seek the blessing of the church and our parents before entering courtship. Youth should keep their courtship “hands off” and pure before the Lord. Those that follow the Lord’s way will never regret it; but those who don’t, will. Don’t let Satan fool you. Sure, you’re only young once — all the more reason to do it right!
Many people look at this and say we’re in bondage. Not so. We are free — free from Satan’s lies and snares. Free from the slavery of the competitive corrupt values of the world. Free to follow the Lord wherever he leads. Such people are in bondage themselves — to their money, peers, flesh, Satan, pride, etc…
Only Christ can make you free. This does not mean that you are free to live like the world after you pray a little prayer and get “saved”. That is only another way Satan is deceiving and sending people to hell. Christ sets you free so you can live for Him, not yourself! There are still temptations, struggles, failings, and battles; but why shouldn’t we expect that? We’re on the battlefield for our Lord! I can honestly say with all my heart that I have no desire to have what the world has to offer. Let them have their leeks and garlics! Slavery goes with it too, remember. My goal is the promised land. Sure, we have to go through the wilderness, but praise God our possessions will be eternal! Leeks and garlics are temporal.
It is a great blessing to be a part of a truly Biblical church. God wants us to be. He wants you to be, but it takes a lot of sacrifice, devotion, teachableness, submission to God’s Word and His ordained authority — for some it means moving. Is it worth it to you? Or are you content to stay alone or in a wordly church and lose your children and maybe your own soul? What’s more important to you? What will you have to answer before the Lord?
Michelle Whitaker — Age 13
I’m very thankful that we have a godly church to go to. It is an important thing for you to be in a church body. You need to have brothers and sisters in the Lord. If you are not in a church, I encourage you to find one to attend.
“The church that is diligent to train the youth,
Need not be changing to retain the youth.” -Bro. Mark Bullen
I’m glad I’m able to participate in doing and learning these things. The women and young ladies in our church practice to be discreet, keepers at home, have a meek and quiet spirit, and to have modest apparel.
My three siblings and I are also thankful that we are homeschooled. Our parents have told us a few stories about their school days. We children can’t imagine how it was then, but just think of now. Public schools have such an impact on children with all their worldly ways.
Verses to look up: Philippians 4:8; Psalms 1:6; Psalms 6:31
Praying God’s best for you, Michelle Whitaker
Micah Bullen - Age 17
Greetings to all in Jesus’ name. I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well. It is such a privilege to be a part of a Biblical church body where there is accountability and guidelines that keep the church unspotted from the world. In this church we take communion every week which keeps the body pure; because in I Cor. 11:29 it says, “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” This means that if we take communion unworthily we are drinking damnation to ourselves. That is how it keeps the body pure.
In our church we do not have youth activities where only the youth get together; because we believe that the parents should be involved to uphold godliness and purity in the church. We will have times that we get together and have a wiener roast, or sled in the snow, or even get together and help each other put up sweet corn, green beans, strawberries, etc. — but there are always parents involved.
The youth are not involved in team sports. People who are involved in sports are in it for the praise of men, not for the honor and glory of God. We are home-schooled and work with our parents. The sons work to learn the trade of their father so they can support a family someday. The daughters learn to be keepers at home in sewing, cooking, etc. This way when we have families of our own, we will have enough character to be the kind of parents we need to be and be as strong pillars in this church. Why do you think there is so much immorality today and the divorce rates are so high? It has a lot to do with the neglect of the character building I just spoke of.
Another thing with the youth, is that we do not believe in the dating game. We believe in “hands off” courtship. When we are old enough and have our parent’s blessing.
The Lord intended a home to have structure — where He is Lord of the home; the husband leads the home, the wife is under the Lord and her husband, and they both work together to train the children. The problem with our society is that many wives want to lead the home and the husband doesn’t have the backbone to stand up and take a hold of the reins. So, the parents both have a career and send the children off to the wicked environment of the public school, the day care, etc. — and let their children be corrupted before they have a chance in life. This is the way Satan likes it. Just look all the way back to the garden of Eden: Satan got the wife to step out of her place and thereby sin came into the world and corrupted all the generations after them. If Satan gets one generation, then that generation brings up another generation which is even worse. This is the reason this world is the way it is with homosexuals in the pulpits, abortion rates so high, and Hillary Clinton wanting to run for president. But the Lord will return and judge this wicked world and set up His Kingdom and reign forever — What a blessing!
Many people say that we are in bondage with so many rules. I want to say that we are not in bondage — The world is in bondage. The standards that this church has keeps it pure and godly. As a 17 year old young man, I do not feel like I’m in bondage. In fact, I feel free to live as godly as I know to. I have no desire for the lusts, pleasures, and the many things of this world. I know that all those things are going to go up in smoke someday. What really matters is the relationship I have with the Lord. All the worldly fun, fame, possessions, money, etc. will not save you on judgment day. In fact, the Bible says it were easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Why do you think that is? First of all, do you think a rich and wealthy person is going to humble himself and submit to church authority? Do you think he is going to stand firm and die for truth? Do you think he is going to join a Biblical church where his is looked at as a fanatic? Of course not — He is going to join up with people just like himself. And the Lord will say to him, “I never knew you”, and cast him into everlasting destruction. Let us beware that we are obeying the Lord and haven’t fallen into one of Satan’s traps. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matt. 24:13
Malachi Bullen — Age 13
Greetings in Jesus’ name. I am going to share why I am thankful for this church God has built.
#1 I am thankful for this church because of the godly fellowship each Sunday, and throughout the week.
#2 I am thankful for the godly peer pressure, and guildlines of the church.
#3 I am thankful for being sheltered from the poison and lies of worldly churches that only profess godliness
#4 I am thankful for being sheltered from the ungodly peer pressure.
#5 I am thankful for our families homeschooling their children; and not sending them to the devil filled environment of the public school, where God is mocked and blasphemed.
#6 I am thankful for the godly group of young people to fellowship with; and to be encouraged by. I am so thankful for the church God has blessed us with. May this article bless and encourage you.
Graceanne Bullen — Age 13
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I hope this finds you all well, and striving to do what is right. I just want to tell you how blessed I feel to have a Biblical church that is striving to reach a heavenly goal.
Our goal at Living Faith Christian Fellowship is to have men who are striving to be the “strong men” of their homes. Men, who lead out in family Bible time daily, and teach their children to have the Bible as their spiritual guide throughout life. Men, who love their wives, and provide for their families with honest hard work that doesn’t take them away from home too much.
Our goal is to have women who are striving to be godly helpers meet for their husbands, and keepers at home. Women, who are striving to be submissive, modest, chaste, meek, pure, and sweet. Women, who give godly counsel to the younger women; and home-school and train their children in a godly way. They also let God control the amount of children they have, knowing he will give them the grace and strength to take care of them, and train them.
Our goal is to have young men who are striving to be sober-minded, respectful, modest, hardworking, humble, pure, and learning to be spiritual leaders for their family someday.
Our goal is to have young ladies who are striving to be meek, chaste, humble, modest, gracious, sweet, pure, respectful, submissive, and learning how to be godly mothers.
I am just so grateful that I have Christian parents who worked so hard to make it possible for us to have a Christian church, and are still working to maintain it. I pray the Lord will continue to help us as we continue toward our goal.
“And I say unto thee…upon this rock I will build my church; and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18
Sister Melanie Herr:
I thought I would share a little from a ladies Bible study that we have been doing. It has helped me in my spiritual walk and I pray it will help yours too. (The Bible study is from Mrs. Bonnie Trude)
How does God work in us to develop a meek spirit that sees problems from His perspective and accepts His will with Joy?
1. Recognize ungratefulness and bitterness toward God in your life. He created you and allowed your “problems” or “trying of your faith”. Therefore your ingratitude and bitter spirit are directed toward Him. Confess these sins. (I John 1:9; Psalms 32:5; and Proverbs 28:13)
2. Thank and praise Him for making you the way He has so far, and especially for allowing your “Problems”. (Ephesians 5:20; I Thess. 5:18). Thanking and praising God lifts our eyes to Him and enables us to see from His point of view. What we see as negatives, God can use as positives to build us up and make us mature (James 1:2-5; Romans 5:3-5). He is building for eternity and will sacrifice externals to build inner character and maturity that will last forever (II Cor. 4:16-18).
Thanking God is an act of the will, not of the emotions. Thank Him whether you feel like it or not. Emotional consent is not a prerequisite for obedience! Note David’s words in Ps. 139:1, 14. He spoke this as an act of the will, not simply because he felt like it. He accepted God’s point of view, and therefore could say, “I will praise you”. What did Paul glory in? His strength and abilities? (II Cor. 12:9-10) No, in his weaknesses, for these allowed him to experience more of Jesus Christ living through him. Like Paul, accept God’s estimation of your “problems” and “virtues”; and refuse to compare yourself with others (II Cor. 10:12) or with your own ideas of what is best (Jer. 10:23).
3. Submit yourself to God, yielding your will to Him to work in you what He wants, the way He wants (James 4:6-10).
4. Commit yourself to God. Make your body totally His in a deliberate act of commitment so that He can live His life through you. (Rom. 12:1-2; Rom. 6:13) Look beyond yourself to Christ and others, for only then can He use you for His glory and another’s good. (Heb. 12:1-2; II Cor. 3:5; II Cor. 4:7)
This is quite a list of things to do to attain a meek spirit, but something that is worth a lot to God is certainly worth striving for (I Peter 3:4). Please read the verses that go along with each point. It has been a blessing to me to go over it again as I write this. Please pray for us as we strive to please the Lord in raising our little one who is seven months old already and in working our everyday tasks.