The Fargo Baptist Church Seniors group, the “Classics”, had an outing to Maplewood State Park. I was invited, and the Smith family came, so as you can expect, I had a great time. Here are pictures and a video also!
Three weeks ago today I was in Devil’s Lake, ND. with a group of people handing out literature for Grace Baptist Church. There’s a YouTube video about it here, by Heather Smith. But something else happened on that day. On the way back from Devil’s lake, I was driving in my vehicle with Mr. Smith and a couple of the Smith kids. As we neared Fargo, we got a text from the other vehicle, which Mrs. Smith, Nicole Buck, Heather and two of her siblings were in. They were going to stop for gas before going back to the church. It was at this point that God laid a plan of action in my mind, and I made the decision to talk to Mr Smith when we got to the church. And so when we arrived, I asked to speak with him outside the car, and so I did! Mr. and Mrs. Smith can fill you in on the wording, but I asked Mr. Smith if it was OK for me to work to grow my relationship with Heather beyond friendship, and he agreed! That Monday Heather and I began courting.
We’ve seen God confirm things and direct in our decisions in this time. Isn’t God great? I want to put this post here on my blog, because this is the biggest thing happening in my life, and the most special to me as well. I love Heather and her sweet spirit and heart to serve the Lord. No doubt there will be more pictures and posts to come!
In May of this year, I became the Operations Manager at Heaven 88.7 Radio. I have since been spending a lot of time on the job doing radio programming, but also I have ended up going out to the physical site location of our tower where the 100,000 watt signal is broadcast. The first time I went with the Station Manager, Tim Schaefer, and since I have been back a couple times alone.
Anyway, below are some pictures from the experiences!
In May of this year, the Sanctuary where the Fargo Baptist Church meets was undergoing some work, as seen below.
As a result, we met in the West wing. It was definitely very full! Here’s a picture:
Praise the Lord we did get back in the sanctuary in time for the Master’s Baptist College Commencement Exercises.
Note: This post is a cross-post from the new Ready to Harvest blog. The original post is here
By Joshua Lindsey, July 2015
One of the great controversies in Fundamentalism of the 21st century is the issue of “Easy Believism” vs “Lordship Salvation.” Certainly there is an importance here, as it deals with the most important issue of all – that of salvation. What I have found to be the problem in dealing with this issue is that it is like the issue of Calvinism and Arminianism. If you claim to not hold to either position, then you will doubtless find yourself disowned by both camps, and even by people who put themselves in one camp or the other even when they are not really.
To explain this, I think that there are many people who take the “Balanced position” on this issue, and do not subscribe to Lordship Salvation or Easy Believism, but they have an incorrect understanding of what these terms mean. As a result, many men of God will say they are “Lordship Salvation” or that they are “Easy Believism” when they do not actually fall into that category.
Perhaps this is brought about by the fact that both have admirable names. For example, the name “Easy Believism.” I do think that Salvation is easy, and you do receive it by believing. So it is a good name. However, that does not make me have to hold the teachings of what is peddled under the name “Easy Believism”. I also believe that if someone is truly saved, they will believe that sin is sin, that it is an affront to a holy God. Thus, whether they realize it or not, since they are saying that God makes the rules on what is sin, they are saying He is Lord. (This doesn’t mean they will obey the Lord, or stop sinning necessarily though.) So Lordship salvation is also a good term. However, I am not a believer in Lordship Salvation either.
Now if you claim either of these terms as terms that represent yourself, don’t turn me off yet! We may actually agree, but use different terminology. These factors I mentioned have led to strange results. There are actually some who claim to be “Lordship Salvation”, others who claim to be “Easy Believism” and some who claim neither, who in effect believe the exact same thing! They also go around decrying each other and not realizing they are preaching the same gospel. What I hope to do is clarify the boundaries of what actual Lordship Salvation is, what actual easy believism is, and what the balanced position is.
As part of this I am going to also point out some false definitions of terms. “Willingness”, “Desire”, “Lordship”, all of these need to be clarified to avoid misunderstanding. I also need to clarify what “belief” and “repentance” actually are, and whether they are necessary for salvation.