Monday, August 27, 2018

Berean Baptist Church

 Thank God For A Godly Pastor!

       I want to give praise to the Lord for the provision of the new pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Grand Blanc, Michigan. After spending nearly 36 years at Berean Baptist Church it was not an easy decision for Mary and me to pull up our roots and move south. Mary and I have poured the best years of our lives into our dear Berean family. I have made sacrifices, tried to serve faithfully, and sought to walk with the Lord in the spirit of grace, kindness, and holiness. As I have reflected on these precious years spent here in the service of our Lord I have been concerned that those who follow me will do a good job of loving the people, feeding their souls, and caring for the flock. Many times when a pastor leaves the church often suffers through a long process of trying to find the right man to replace the previous minister. It is often a time of confusion and division. I was well aware of this and at least tried to prepare our church and its leaders for a transition. However, the Lord had other plans. Once a search committee was formed I made it a matter of prayer and fasting to encourage them to find the right person to come in after me. It became apparent to me that the Lord had His man chosen in Eric Maynard. After the church had come to a decision to pursue Eric I had a wonderful spirit of peace that came over me. Mary and I took a couple of days and went up north to rest and spend some time on the great lakes. I commented several times as I drove up there that I was so very pleased with the choice of Eric Maynard and his wife Julie. The joy was full and I knew if the church chose him he would be a gentle, gracious, kind, and Christ-like pastor. When people desire to be in the office of the pastor they must be godly, spiritual and gracious men. The church needs bold leadership in these days in which we live. But that also means that those who lead the church in these days need to have the spirit of Christ about them.  To me, Eric has that quality. Those who serve in the office of the New Testament Pastor must be patient, reasonable, kind and gracious men. It is with a deep sense of joy and satisfaction that I can depart and have confidence that the church is going to be in very good hands.

 When I came to Berean back in 1982 I was taking the torch from a brother in Christ and was going to be serving in the pulpit that he labored in for the past 13 years. It is an awesome thing to follow another godly shepherd and to try serve in the pulpit he so faithfully labored in for those many years before. A pastor must seek to build upon the foundation that others have laid who have gone before him. Let me encourage all of our Berean family to get behind your new pastor. Pray for him daily. Seek for opportunities to be an encouragement to him. We are entering a period of history in the West and in our country that will surely be one of the most trying times in the history of our church and in our own personal lives. Now more than ever the church must be vigilant, Spirit-filled, and gospel-centered. The Lord has given you a shepherd. He is a shepherd. He is called to lead you and to feed you. Don't follow the hirelings, the voices of false prophets, or the wolves in sheep's clothing. In the years to come, they will arrive on the scene as Paul the apostle predicted in Acts chapter 20. You have your shepherd. Follow pastor Eric as he is following Christ. Your new pastor is not a novice. He is a seasoned minister who has been faithful for many years already. Praise God for him, encourage him, pray for him, and protect him. Don't let anyone harm your pastor. A pastor is a gift from the Lord. Cherish this precious gift. I have no doubts that Eric will faithfully feed and lead you. Be of good courage dear Bereans. The best is yet to come. 

God bless and care for you all,

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Dickie

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Clash Of Civilizations

Dear Bereans, the following material is from my book, "The Clash Of Civilizations." This book is defending the Christian roots and heritage of our nation and founding fathers.

What is Feeding the Anti-American Hatred of Our History?

What fuels this anti-western, anti-American bashing and self-loathing hatred of our history? Behind it all is the hatred of Christianity. To admit that our forefathers carved out of this vast wilderness of the New World the greatest nation in the history of mankind does not fit the narrative of this generation. They simply cannot admit the superiority and effectiveness of the Christian worldview. So they attack it at every opportunity that they can. But the criticisms of this generation of revisionist historians does not reflect reality. Using guilt manipulation, self-loathing, white masochism, anti-western and anti-Christian bias, these people are slowly dismantling the greatest nation on earth. The question should be asked, “What will their new world be like? What are these revisionist historians making?” The answer is already here to be seen by those who have the wisdom to read the signs of the times. Let’s consider what this politically correct generation has destroyed and what they are replacing it with.

  • They have removed God, prayer, and the moral absolutes of the Bible out of our educational system and have created a generation of  immoral, godless, selfish, hedonistic and violent young people.
  • They have rejected any opinion that does not agree with their presuppositions and have virtually eliminated freedom of speech from our higher institutions of learning.
  • They have rejected the Christian worldview and have embraced a secular, atheistic worldview and wonder why we are a nation and a culture of death. The culture gutted of the Christian religion has spawned an epidemic of abortion-on-demand, euthanasia, gang violence, drug abuse, black-on-black crime, gun violence and racial division at an all time high.
  • They have rejected the Christian culture and have replaced it with multiculturalism. As the character, Bible-based ethics, and morality of the Christian culture fades further from our memories, we see a new form of paganism permeating the land.
  • They have rejected the Protestant work ethic of their forefathers, the principles of capitalism, and have embraced the failed philosophies of socialism and communism. The welfare state they created will eventually be the millstone around the neck of the nation and drown us in a sea of debt as there will be fewer and fewer people to tax to pay for their misguided programs.
  • They have rejected the creation mandate to have children, and therefore are forced to open their borders to any who will come to these shores. Unfortunately, many are coming not only with an anti-Christian worldview but with an anti-secular worldview, as well. These new immigrants help hasten the demise and influence of Christianity but will also eventually be the scourge to all religions and philosophies that will not bow to sharia law.
  • They have rejected the absolute authority of God’s Word and have replaced it with the new authority of pragmatism, humanism, majority opinion, political correctness, and multiculturalism.
What this generation has created is only an empty shell that resembles our past in name only. We are the United States of America. But we are not the great nation that once stood on the shoulders of giants and fed itself on the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. This generation has dismantled the American Dream, piece by piece, and have replaced it with the American nightmare. In reality, this generation has taken us back 400 years and has recreated a culture that resembles the primitive, savage, superstitious, and violent culture that our forefathers encountered when they first stepped on these shores.

Unless the Lord intervenes, it will only get worse. America of the past was great for specific reasons. All of those reasons have been rejected by most of our citizens today. We are only a shell of what we once were morally. The collective character of our Christian past is spent. What is left is a morally bankrupt nation slowly sinking back into pagan godlessness.