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PRINTED MISSIONARY In this edition... In every edition... Ronnie and Terry Williamson Evangelist/Editor Steve and Rebekah Lilly Staff Missionaries 6 13 14 15 19 23 3 4 29 31 Spiritual Gifts Jubilee Photos Twenty Twelve Ways Inscribed in Stone The Last Great Race Transitional Fundamentalism The Voice in the Wilderness is a nonprofit, independent incorporation, founded by Rev. Dr. J. Royce Thomason D.P.D. Ph.D., evangelist and medical missionary. The organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world, especially in foreign lands. The program consists of building mission stations, supporting American missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching Christ to the lost. We are supported by the gifts of those who care. Contributions to The Voice in the Wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures. Gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to The Voice in the Wilderness. A fundamental publication, published quarterly in behalf of the work of the Lord and preservation of the liberties of our United States. Printed sources imply from material from other does not necessarily an endorsement t h i s m i n i s t r y. § § § My Personal Message News Bits Club MIT Resources for You For Personal Correspondence, Contributions, Address Changes, New Subscriptions, There is no subscription charge; all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it. Address all correspondence to: The Voice in the Wilderness, PO Box 7037, Asheville, NC 28802. www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org E-mail for address changes only: visionpartners@thevoiceinthewilderness.org Sign-up for The Weekly Voice e-mail and Blog: membersnp@thevoiceinthewilderness.org Dr. Ronnie L. Williamson Dr. J. Royce Thomason Memorial Voice in the Wilderness P.O. Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 Voice (828) 649-1043 Write to us 2•The Voice in the Wilderness - Spring 2013 Quarterly Edition


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Dear Friends: Oh, how time flies when we are having fun! May 6, 1973, seems like just yesterday. So with May 6, 2013, we (Ronnie and Terry Williamson) are privileged to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We have literally taken this partnership around the world sharing with others God’s rich blessing upon our union. Praise the Lord for allowing my bride and me to serve HIM together in the gospel ministry. In 1973 when Terry and I were married, America was a different place to be sure. The average income was $12,965 and a gallon of milk cost $1.30. The price of a new home was about $32,500, a loaf of bread cost 28 cents. Gasoline in 1973 was 40 cents per gallon and gold was $97.81 per ounce. Now, the price of things was not what made the United States so dramatically different. I distinctly remember the utter abhorrence of homosexuality, and divorce was rare—seen as a very sad failure in a couple’s life. Drugs and alcohol existed for sure, but again was recognized as a tragedy in the individual and family smitten by such. When I got saved in 1971, pastors preached against TV soap opra’s and naked beach going. Shackin’ Up was a horrible sin and babies out of wedlock may have occurred once out of all the students in my high school. The 70’s was a different world. Yes, the price of things has changed in 40 years, but it has cost us more than money. I cannot believe the very definitions of marriage, family and home are in dispute by lawmakers and the Supreme Court. Relatives, communities and a country are confused and divided by a fundamental drift and shift from the moral compass. The truth is, there has been a progressive move away from God’s Word, The BIBLE. With the proliferation of modern Bible versions there is now confusion as to THE TRUTH. Sometime ago I used to say, “They are not on the same page with us.” Now in reality, “They are not on the same page nor are they even in the same Book!” Sadly for some, fornication, sodomy, abortion and a host of other “cultural issues” are no longer sin but “choices socially acceptable.” Forty years of marriage and sixty years of printing ministry has witnessed the tragic hijack of a nation’s soul. I never thought that family and even pastors that once stood where my wife and I stand would move from the Word of God. For over 60 years now The Voice in the Wilderness theme has been Contending for Fundamental Christianity and Contending for American Freedom. May God help us to keep the faith and stay the course. These are critical days and prayerfully some drifting soul may wake up in the storm and call out for an Anchor. Thankfully there is shelter in the storm, Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever. We have One who is steadfast and sure in the perilous time. Thank you Lord! This year, 2013, marks 60 years of publishing ministry for The Voice in the Wilderness magazine, 40 years of marriage for Ronnie and Terry Williamson, and we would also like to say thank you to our Aquila/Priscilla team, Steve More on (Continued on page 28) @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •3


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NEWS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE “More and more young people pet” for your baby’s crib. Talk about are cohabitating. Worse yet, the a sharp fool—the very idea of sameillegitimacy rate in the U.S. in the sex marriage is not only contradictory last 30 years has more than doubled in terms, but is a direct perverted to 41%. Marriage reduces poverty attack on sex and marriage. dramatically and strengthens the moral and spiritual fiber of our “The Middle Eastern country of Syria is engulfed in a chaotic nation. Marriage transcends every Gun Control? Crock Pot civil war. Death political system and C o n t r o l ? W h a t a b o u t and destr uction are widespread as behavior control? must be preserved. opposing forces Aids is the leading cause of I t ’s a s p i r i t u a l battle for control. death in young people ages battle, but the 25 to 44. An estimated enemy camouflages 70,000 people immorality as h ave l o s t t h e i r pleasure. Young lives. Caught in the people are dying middle are many because of STD’s, vulnerable people yet 65% take the not connected chance and lose to either side of their virginity the conflict…. by h i g h s ch o o l Christians in Syria graduation. Today, are also suffering. purity means life but As radical Islamists gain strength promiscuity leads to death. AIDS is attacks against Christians are the leading cause of death among becoming Rampant.” Christian Aid young people ages 25 to 44.” Issues Ministries in Education Rhode Island legalizes same-sex “A y e a r l o n g g o v e r n m e n t marriage. The Webster’s Dictionary investigation has determined breaks down the word “oxymoron” that Australian professional sport into its two-root meanings from the is ‘beset by’ illegal performanceGreek language, sharp and foolish. enhancing drugs and ‘a growing This figure of speech combines organized-crime presence.’ contradictory ideas or terms. The Justice and Home Affairs Minister spokesman for Rhode Island’s Jason Clare said, ‘It’s cheating with public announcements stated, the help of criminals.’ European “It’s not that we disagree with sporting authorities are investigating traditional marriage, but it should a global crime syndicate alleged to be extended.” Maybe a rattlesnake have fixed soccer matches, and in should be extended to a “cuddly America, Lance Armstrong recently Issues in Education 4•The Voice in the Wilderness - Spring 2013 Quarterly Edition


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More on admitted to using drugs to win seven Tour de France cycling titles, with other sports professionals in on that particular fix. None of this is surprising. There is nothing godly about professional sports. It’s not about the fans of ‘the game’ or ‘having a good time,’ it’s about the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. (1 John 2:16) The heart and soul of it is money, and the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).” Friday Church News The Fundamental Digest reports the following: Ron Hamilton is the Music Director at the Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC. The Church’s website states that the church uses the New American Standard Bible (NASV) and the New King James Bible. The Calvary Baptist Church website also publicly advertises the church as a “Bob Jones University Fundamental Baptist Fellowship” church. Dean Taylor is the “Senior Pastor.” ….The Obama administration has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the nation’s highest court to declare unconstitutional a section of federal law [the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] that recognizes only male-female marriages. It is also lending its support to the challenges of California’s constitution passed by CA citizens that recognizes only heterosexual unions as valid marriages….President Obama’s references to same-sex marriage and the Stonewall riots in his inauguration speech were hailed by gay men and lesbians who view them as a watershed in their quest for civil rights. It is believed to be the first time that an inaugural address discussed both same-sex marriage and gay rights . Obama actuall y blasphemed God when he claimed that “If God ‘truly’ created us equal,” then “homosexual ‘love’ is equal as well.” ….The “Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP],” a treaty which the Obama Administration favors, a pact that now involves 11 nations in negotiations cooperation, has exemptions that would exempt “foreign corporations” from “abiding by American laws governing trade disputes.” U.S. Laws, passed by the U.S. Congress would also be subject “to a code of regulations created by a team of trans-national bureaucrats,” thus sacrificing “the sovereignty of the U.S. and the constitution’s enumeration of powers.” Now sports has its basketball center coming out with his perverted homosexual lifestyle. Of course, President Obama phones with congratulations. Fifteen-year-olds can purchase birth control without parents consent or knowledge. Georgia schools facing fake test scores reporting. In the meantime, superintendent has $1.5 million in bonuses. There are 200 school districts under such suspision. Reports on out-of-wedlock birth rates: 70% of Black; 53% Mixed; 70% Poverty - overall 40% of births are out-of-wedlock. You Can Quote Me - If the pastor’s wife puts her britches on and her daughters look like “Dancing with the Stars”, the poor sheep don’t have the chance of a goat in a pig sty. RLW @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •5


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Have you ever taken one of those spiritual gifts aptitude test? Years ago I did. When I finished, it seemed I scored high in qualifying for some gifts but still not possessing all the .attributes to definitively say I had that particular gift. The spiritual gift inventory test instructions tell you to read the various statements and respond according to a formula similar to the following. If the statement applies to you 70% to 100% of the time, your response would be “Almost Always.” If the statement describes you 40% to 70% of the time answer “Occasionally,” and if the statements pertain to your opinion of yourself less than 40% of the time, indicate “Not Very Often.” NOTE: The inventory test clearly states, “This is NOT a test to tell [the student] what their spiritual gifts are,” and I’m not saying that such a test has no benefit. However, it is often too clear that most believers today do not understand THE GIFTS of the Holy Spirit. They do not understand what gift(s) they personally have or else there is complete confusion and misinterpretation. I want to share something with you that has been such a blessing to me. Some may disagree, but give this a hearing. Let me preface this study with the following statements: 1. God does not want his people to be ignorant nor misunderstand spiritual gifts. 2. God is not the author of confusion nor does He play hide and go seek games with us about spiritual gifts. 3. The Holy Spirit gives gifts and He is the one who guides us into all truth, thus He desires us to know what gifts we possess. Those statements being TRUE: why then the confusion? I CORINTHIANS 12 (Selected Verses) V1. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. V4. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. V5. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; V9. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; V10. To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another 6•The Voice in the Wilderness - Spring 2013 Quarterly Edition


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discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: V11. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. V12. For as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. V13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. V14. For the body is not one member, but many. . V15. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? V16. And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? V17. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole body were hearing, where were the smelling? V18. But now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. V27. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set. some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. The following outline and notes are from studies, classes, and preaching that I have had the privilege to be a part of for many years now. The Holy Spirit has guided me as well as given me some Godly Spirit-filled men to teach and exhort me in this marvelous learning experience. These are treasured gleanings that I trust will be illuminating. Again, there is much confusion surrounding this subject but God is not the author of confusion nor is the giver of gifts playing games with you. Our Father wants you to Know Him and be filled with His Spirit and as members in particular possessing the gifts He has given. I Corinthians 12-14 contain directives designed to correct the errors that had developed in regard to spiritual gifts at Corinth, as well as today. First Corinthians 12 deals expressly with the statement and illustration that all spiritual gifts are conferred by the Spirit of God and that no one should value himself or his gift so as to despise those who had not been thus endowed. Those who had not been given a special gift by the Spirit should not be dejected or feel dishonored. The Corinthians had lost their sense of values in regard to the various gifts of the Holy Spirit. They had come to look upon ecstatic utterances as the choicest of spiritual gifts and tended to minimize other ministries of the Spirit. In Chapter 12, Paul states two simple truths that are absolutely critical to our present day understanding of this subject. First, the gifts of the Holy Spirit come from the same Holy Spirit and cannot be in competition or in opposition to each other. Second, the apostle illustrates the importance of all gifts by comparing the members of the Church to the structure of the human body. “But now ye are the body of Christ, and More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •7


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members in particular.” Keep in mind this comparison. An important element to the context is the local church. Paul is teaching the congregation of Corinth concerning spiritual gifts. Today the believer must understand the context of his spiritual gifts in relationship to the local church. The manifestation of the individual believer’s gift(s) will be realized in the context of the local church. Apart from the local church, the recognition as well as exercise of spiritual gifts would not meet the original intent Paul expresses here in these verses. As believers, to understand spiritual gifts, we must first do so within the context of the church. The Holy Spirit endows the believer with spiritual gifts for the benefit of the body and for the glory of God. The New Testament Church was experiencing a time of growth and maturity. From the beginning, the church’s infancy and development, the Lord had a definite design and plan in the maturing process of the body. Paul uses the illustration of the human body to depict this very truth. At conception a baby begins to develop physically. This is a process. The eyes, hands, feet, and various parts and features of the body develop until the time of birth. Then, the newborn baby begins to grow from infancy, to childhood, adolescents, and eventually adulthood. In the book of Acts, and many other passages, the Lord records this process of development for His church. He lovingly provided every necessary element for the proper nourishment and growth of His church. Today the believer is dealt with as an adult in Christ not a child. This is critical again to the understanding of spiritual gifts today. Paul’s illustration of the body will be drawn in at the conclusion of our verse-by-verse study. I. CONCERNING SPIRITUAL GIFTS (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) A. The Spirit, the Student, and the Saviour (verses 1-3). The subject is spiritual gifts. Paul emphasizes to the student the objective is complete understanding. The Holy Spirit intends to glorify Jesus as Lord. B. The Saviour and Sovereign (verses 4-6) 1. The same Spirit — (verse 4) Paul states there is a diversity of spiritual gifts but all have the same source. They are given by the Holy Spirit. “There are diversity of gifts, but the same spirit.” The word diversities conveys the idea of distribution, and is used only here in the New Testament. Even though distribution of gifts implies diversity it does not imply the gift or recipient is superior or inferior. The word “gifts” implies something bestowed. All Christians receive gifts from God, and in a special sense, some in the church receive gifts in addition to those directly related to personal salvation. These special gifts are varied in number, but all come from the same Spirit. 2. The same Son - (verse 5) The “differences of administrations” 8•The Voice in the Wilderness - Spring 2013 Quarterly Edition


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refer to offices, ministries, and services. Again, all given by the same spirit and “administrations” by the same Son and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. 3. The same Sovereign — (verse 6) The Sovereign is at work and is in control of all. The Triune Godhead graciously gives to profit the whole. Verses 4-6 present a connected view of the operations of the Spirit, the Son, and the Sovereign in the work of redemption. There is a diversity of character concerning these gifts but a unity of source and design. C. The specifics seen (verse 7). The manifestations are visibly seen. God is glorified and the church profits. Jealousy nor superiority have a place. Paul is clear and specific as to the benefit and good of the body. This is expanded in the verses to follow. Here Paul sets forth the purpose of the gifts, services, and works produced by the Triune Godhead to benefit the Church and to glorify God. The proper attitude toward spiritual gifts would not produce rivalry or jealousy. The spiritual gifts are for, the common good of the Church. D. The spirituals (verses 8-11) These gifts can be referred to as spirituals. 1. Spirituals defined (verses 8-10). The various gifts, which are given to the Church, are given as our Sovereign God wills and not as man desires. Nine gifts are listed in verses 8-10. (a) Word of wisdom. “Word signifies something spoken while “wisdom” implies good judgment in the face of the demands made by human life and especially the Christian life. Thus the word of wisdom is the gift of communication or speaking wisdom. (b) Word of knowledge. “Knowledge” implies research and investigation, although knowledge too should not be taken in a purely intellectual sense. Paul also associates knowledge with a kind of supernatural, mystical awareness, and relates it to mysteries, revelations, and prophecy. The word of knowledge is the gift of communicating knowledge. (c) Faith. This does not refer to saving faith which is the common endowment to all Christians but wonder-working faith. The gift meant is a higher measure of the ordinary grace of faith. Such a faith as enables men to become confessors and martyrs and is fully illustrated in Hebrews 11:33-40. (d) Healing. This refers to the healing of diseases miraculously without the application of ordinary medicines. It means gifts by which healing of the sick was effected, evidently referring to the miraculous healing of diseases. The power to perform miracles of dramatic restoration to health was one of the gifts given by the Spirit to the early church. The apostles did not have this power as a permanent gift, which was effective on all occasions. (e) Working of Miracles. This was exempli- More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •9


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fied in the death of Ananias, in raising Dorcas, in smiting Elymas with blindness, and in many other cases. John Calvin relates this type of miraculous power to such events as the smiting of Elymas with blindness (Acts 13:11) and the sudden deaths of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10) Miracles refer to the more extraordinary and unusual kinds of miracles or to those, which were regarded as in advance of the power of healing diseases. (f) Prophecy. This does not mean mere foretelling of the future. This included delivering inspired exhortations, instructions, or warnings. The fact of direct inspiration distinguished prophecy from “teaching.” Prophecy was that special gift that calls and enables certain persons to convey revelations from God to His Church, or the delivering of inspired exhortations, instructions, or warnings, or inspired preaching. Included were predicting the future, unfolding mysterious truth, or searching the secrets of men’s hearts and characters. This gift is described in the fourteenth chapter. It consists of occasional inspiration and revelations. Conviction and repentance were the effects aimed at and produced. This gift in general implies the revelation of God’s Will either by the foretelling future contingencies or opening the Scriptures by preaching or teaching. (g) Discerning of spirits. This gift involved the ability to discern whether a man was really inspired, or spoke only from the impulse of his own mind, or from the dictation of some evil spirit. (h) Divers kinds of tongues. There is a wide scope of opinions on the meaning of this gift. It is power to discourse with men in their several languages (Acts 2:8). Albert Barnes calls it “the power of speaking various languages.” The nature of this gift is determined by the account given Acts 2:4-11, where it is said; the apostles spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. It is impossible to deny that the miracle recorded in Acts consisted in enabling the apostles to speak in languages which they had never learnt. (i) Interpretation of tongues. It means the ability to interpret tongues or language. It is “the power of interpreting the foreign language, or of interpreting the language which might be used by the prophets in their communications…It would appear possible that some might have had the power of speaking foreign languages who were not themselves apprized of the meaning, and that interpreters were needful in order to express the sense to the hearers” (Albert Barnes). 2. Spirituals Distributed (verse 11). Though there be a diversity of gifts, all come from the same source — the Spirit of God. The Spirit gives gifts continually, but different gifts do not imply different purposes. The expression “that one and the selfsame Spirit” implies unity and consistency of divine purpose. He does not give all this variety of gifts to all Christians. He gives 10•The Voice in the Wilderness - Spring 2013 Quarterly Edition


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one to this man and another to another as He pleases for the glory of God and the good of the Church. II. CONCERNING THE SON AND THE SAINT (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) A. His body and His baptism (verses 12& 13). This is His body, the body of Jesus the Son of God. This is His baptism, the baptism of the Holy Spirit in which each saint is clearly a member of His body. The human body is used to illustrate the body of Christ. Paul shows the beauty of unity in the body of Christ by the unity of the physical body. In verse 13 the baptism of the Holy Spirit unites the believer into one body. This is not water baptism. The indwelling Holy Spirit through His baptism makes us “members in particular,” one in the body of Christ. B. The benefits and the bottom-line (verses 14-31). The apostle illustrates the many members of the human body working together in unity as one body. This figure is used to portray the believer’s diversity unified in Christ. Through verse 30 Paul clearly puts forth the truth of one church, one body, many members with all the diversity of each “member in particular” yet the beautiful unity of one body. The bonuses and benefits are all focused in the bottom-line of verse 31. “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” Then we have chapter 13, which closes with, “the greatest of these is charity.” Let me have your undivided attention. The following is critical. If you miss this, well, you will not understand “Spiritual Gifts.” Unger gives this outline for 1 Corinthians: The Unity of the Church vs Divisions, Chapters 1-3 The Order of the Church vs Disorders, Chapters 4-11 The Gifts and Doctrines of the Church vs Their Abuse, Ch. 12-16 The believers in Corinth were struggling with carnality and spiritual immaturity. The church was growing and developing and from Acts to Corinthians and throughout the early church, these growing pains are evident. This development process is a reality as with the physical body used by Paul to illustrate the church. The baby develops in the mother’s womb and then comes birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and eventually a mature adult. The body grows and develops into a mature individual. Today the believer is dealt with as an adult. In the early church, the believers were in that transitional period and experiencing the maturing process. Now we read in Galatians, Chapter 3:23-Chapter 4:1-7, a very important point. Note in chapter 3:25, “We are no longer under a schoolmaster.” This schoolmaster, GK paidagogos, was a servant to care for the children. Once maturity was reached, the skills of the paidagogos were now fully possessed by the matured individual. All the care, training, and More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •11


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equipping of the schoolmaster were present and available to the once growing child now a matured adult. Paul further explains this with another illustration using Sonship or the picture of an adult heir. Galatians 4:7 says, “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Careful now — watch this. Paul is helping the early church grow. We are moving from the stage of infancy and immaturity to adulthood. The individual is no longer a servant but an heir with all the rights and privileges of an adult son, heir to the Father. Back in 1 Corinthians 13:10 we zoom in on the bottom-line for each believer today. “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” The believer today has: 1. All the promises given, Matthew 7:7-8. 2. All the power granted, Matthew 28:18-20, 3. All the provisions guaranteed, Philippians 4:19. The precious, perfect Word of God and His indwelling Holy Spirit give to each and every believer all that is needed for the body. The “enablement” unction, and manifestation, (I Corinthians 12:7), is in proportion to need and “is given to every man to profit withal.” Your office, responsibilities, and yes your measure of surrender will reflect the manifestation given to you by the Holy Spirit. Are you behaving as an immature child or a mature adult? Are you living under the schoolmaster or free as the heir of your Father? When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Possibly you are looking, into a blurred mirror, I Corinthians 13:12, and not seeing clearly all the complete picture of His promises, power, and provision fully available to you as “made kings and priests unto God and His Father.; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” — Revelation 1:6. (Continued next issue - “When Pentecost was fully come.)” This statement says it for those who claim to be saved to sin some more... “What a strange salvation we would have if our sins were forgiven that we could practice iniquity without fear of consequences or punishment.” 12•The Voice in the Wilderness - Spring 2013 Quarterly Edition


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March 1-2, 2013 Host: Pastor Scott Dotson & Little Ivy Baptist Church Theme: Jude - Contending for the Faith Preachers: Bro. Scott Dotson Bro. Wayne Brown Bro. James Pauley Bro. Johnny Pike Bro. Andrew Phipps Diamond Jubilee Services To God be the Glory! Thank you to all who participated in the special two day services commemorating 60 years of printing ministry. Read more on page 28.


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T wenty welve Ways Ten Commandment lessons More at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org Thou Shalt not kill. How could a nation and culture that once protected the sanctity of life now politicize murder and fund baby killing? The horrors of school murders are without question. But the tears of elected politicians, over the brutal slaying of children by a wicked pervert, is an insult when these same politicians vote for the tax funded murder of babies. Taking away absolutes and the moral compass exposes a people to unimaginable atrocities. The redefining of sin and the confusion of Bible versions has opened the door to a flood of perversions. Even “church” folk are calling good evil and evil good. Some think sin is freedom and authority is slavery. After all, who created these governmentrun schools where God denying evolution reigns supreme and life is devalued by default? Kick God, The Bible, prayer and the name of Jesus out and the devil will fill the void. Claim millions of years created it all, study all those dead things and fossils and the results are evident. The Author of life has forbidden the unlawful taking of a life. Killing or murder is an attack on God for He is the giver of life. Note in the following how Scripture deals with life and death: Killing of the unborn – Exodus 21:22-25 Killing by an unrestrained animal – Exodus 21:28 & 29 Killing by deliberate premeditation – Numbers 35:16-21 Killing by negligence – Deuteronomy 22:8 Killing and cities of refuge – Numbers 35:10-28 Scripture also deals with: Killing and the penalty – Genesis 9:6 Exodus 21:12, 14-17, 23; 22:18-24 Romans 13:1-4 Killing and self defense – Exodus 22:2-3 Killing and War – Ecclesiastes 3:8 Proverbs 21:31 There has arisen a “death culture” among us with those engaged in risk taking, extreme lifestyles and total disregard of behavioral consequences. Some extreme sports are examples of this. Then the “pop and rock” genre exhibits such recklessness. A recent survey concluded 7 out of 10 respondents opposing the overturn of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision. In the US the murder rate is 4.2 per 100,000 while globally it is 7.6 per 100,000. ABC and CBS news failed to give any coverage to the Pro-Life March in Washington, DC where more than 500,000 people attended. NBC news gave 26 seconds to the event. Drug overdose deaths and suicide is on the rise along with AIDS related deaths. Murder, abortion, suicide, infanticide and euthanasia should be rejected and abhorred by believers. Jesus set the law up a notch in Matt. 5:21-22. Must God’s people be reminded of the sacredness and sanctity of Life as a gift from God? 14•The Voice in the Wilderness - Spring 2013 Quarterly Edition


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1776 - 2013 The Ten Commandments Moses is carved above the columns of the Supreme Court Building. God’s Word and Law is foundational to the Constitution and beginnings of The U..S. of America.  Bro. Williamson takes The Voice in the Wilderness reader on a Spiritual Heritage tour across the Nation’s capital. Bible Truth is inscribed in stone throughout Washington D.C.  Moses & The Law



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