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Tribute to Dr. J. Royce Thomason, Contending for the Faith, Missions Update

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•Centennial Edition• •Free Subscription• “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” - Mark 1:3 Contending for American Freedom • Contending for Fundamental Christianity

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2•The Voice in the Wilderness Centennial Edition Dear Friends: In this Centennial edition of The Voice in the Wilderness, it is our joy and privilege to highlight our Lord's blessings upon this Faith Mission. The Thomason family welcomed a baby boy into this world naming him James Royce. That special event took place in 1916. Royce would grow up in humble surroundings, accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, serve his country in World War II and, until age 90, minister as a gospel preacher around the world. From medical missions, orphanages and church plants, Dr. James Royce Thomason lived an amazing story ordained of God. Today, that One Life, One Voice, and One Influence continues with eternal fruit. I invite you to visit us at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org and take a look at this continuing VOICE and Influence. Also we pray as you read these pages that you will be challenged to partner with Dr. James R oyce Thom ason The Voice in the Wilderness in taking the gospel to a lost A Lifetim e Testim on y of world in desperate need of Jesus Christ. Through Christ, Service The Voi ce your life and influence can count for eternity. Please consider Wildern ess investing your prayers and financial support in The Voice in the Wilderness. We are honoured to have you read this publication and trust in some way your life is influenced for God's Glory. Amen! With ha globe cht and boots, in the W ronicling histhis Red Rive r co m ilderness publ inistry for th wboy trave led the e Lord Dr. J. Ro dentistry to ication. From tent m in The Voic his ow yce Thomas preaching n word on’s un and writi eetings and e s, will su ng, ique te sti re mon own se ly inspire rvice fo and ch y, as told in all r the Lo rd. enge your h is ’s mit an mans ” Roma d Co 3:23 “Dea ns 10 nfess :9 crossr God, I kn - Roma , shed ow I ns 10 me. Fo am din :9,10 grace rgive meg His blo a sinner od an throu of d gh fai my sins and rose Jesus die th in Jesu and thank from the d on the s Chris yo gr t my u for salvaave for Lord, tion by Amen .” Prese as si “A ” mple ll have as th sinne “B ” e d, an a elieve d come in thi short... ne he C om ” Ro art... the trut b c through the ministry of in the The Vo nted by ice in the Wildern ess of the Mi Centennialfor Foundenistry of Dr.Celebration r, The Vo J. Royce ice in the Thomaso For Per Wildern n, missions ess and oth er PO Bo Resource Inf x 7037 ormatio As n: www.thevheville, NC 288 oiceinthe 02 wildernes s.org For Christ and souls, Ronnie L. Williamson Isa. 40:31 Happy Trails! Read more of the fascinating work of the Lord in the life of Dr. J. Royce Thomason, founder of The Voice in the Wilderness. With hat and boots, this Red River cowboy traveled the globe chronicling his ministry for the Lord in The Voice in the Wilderness publication. From tent meetings and dentistry to preaching and writing, Bro. Royce's unique testimony, as told in his own words, will surely inspire and challenge your own service for the Lord.

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T he Voice IN THE Wilderness PRINTED MISSIONARY Ronnie and Terry Williamson Evangelist/Editor Steve and Rebekah Lilly Staff Missionaries 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 material from other sources does not necessarily imply an endorsement from this ministry. There is no subscription charge; all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it. For Personal Correspondence, Contributions, Address Changes, New Subscriptions, § § § § 4 6 14 15 16 19 CONTENTS Why Print? Earnestly Contend for the Faith You May Be the One Tribute to Bro. Royce Jude 3: Contending for the Faith Urgent Notice Awake America: Mission to Capitol Hill Photos: Western Travels In Memoriam: Dr. J. Royce Thomason Oils for Your Discernment Celebrating One Life, Voice, Influence Club MIT: LOL 20 22 23 24 28 29 Get Ronnie and Terry Williamson • Steve and Rebekah Lilly Evangelist/Editor Staff Missionaries Learn more at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org FREE Online Resources December 2010• Free Subscription• Mini-Voice Edition & Prayer Letter “Difficulties afford opportunities for learning God’s faithfulness which otherwise we should not have. It gives me great comfort to remember that the work is His and that He knows how best to carry on and is infinitely more interested in it than we are.” – Hudson Taylor THANK YOU for being a friend to this ministry and the giving of your prayers and support! NEWS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE Washington Waste - Newsweek.com reports the following on waste and uncontrolled spending in Washington..: The Social Security Administration sent $18 million in stimulus funds to 71,688 dead people, and $40.3 million in questionable benefit payments to 1,760 deceased individuals; the Department of Agriculture sent $41.1 billion in farming subsidies to dead farmers; The Department of Health and Human Services sent $3.9 million to 11,000 dead people to help pay heating and cooling cost; and Medicare paid up to $492 million in claims for medical supplies prescribed by dead doctors and $8.2 million for medical supplies prescribed for dead patients. It would be interesting to know who was cashing these checks. (Editor: From first-hand experience, I know of numerous individuals deceased yet still listed as registered voters. In the county in which I live, some years ago, there was a big investigation of “dead voters.”) ObamaCare - The Heritage Foundation says, “The President just doesn’t get it. According to the national exit poll, just 16% of voters want to leave ObamaCare as is. A full 48% of voters want to see it out-right repealed, and another 31% want to see it changed in some way. Americans do want to relitigate ObamaCare. U.S. Takeover - Policy of the elitist take-over group robs from any and everybody to expand their powergrab. Property ownership and privacy means nothing to this crowd. Look at Obama on Israel, for example. He is against Israel’s plan to build on their own land in East Jerusalem. Is this man anti-U.S./Israel and pro-Muslim/Socialist or what? Pray for us! www.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 Monthly Prayer Letter For more resources and ministry information visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org or write, PO Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 In this last month of 2010, we have all been busy at the tasks He has called us to. Special meetings and KJB services have filled the calendar for December, and we are already making special project and traveling plans for 2011. The Virtual Voice for December has been completed and can be viewed online at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org. We are also excited to share additional resources with you via our website, such as the Online Audio Bible page where you can read through the Bible in a “I want one of those!”.... year with text and audio streaming. Thank That was the story just told by a Texas you for your continued interest and supman on the phone with The Voice in port, especially at this critical year-end the Wilderness office. He had been time, and please make note of our special standing in line at Chik-fil-A when prayer and praise list. his eyes caught sight of an interestPrayer Praise ing lapel pin on the suit coat of an• Offerings for softother man in line. He stepped close • Travel Safety ware updates to get a good look and saw that it was • Health a King James Bible pin. “Hey, I like • Increased Support • 2500 KJB Signathat...Where did you get it?” In a • KJB Project tures quick minute, the owner of the pin, • Venezuela Church • New updates to an evangelist, took the pin off, gave it Planting Projects website to him, and directed him to our min- • Car for Pastor • New opportunities stry where he could obtain more. Niller - San Felipe, for 2011 Thousands of these little procla• Safe travels and Venezuela mations are voicing our stand on God’s Word, the King James Bible. • Foreign travel and good services Over 2500 have now signed the King Missions teaching • Special offerings James Declaration. Let your voice and preaching be heard today. Join with those oth- • Property Mainteers by sending your signature to our nance Equipment office and requesting your KJB lapel Visit us online to read the 8 page December pin. 2010 Virtual Voice Edition Digital & Print Edition Online Find more updates Facebook: Ronnie Williamson TheVoice_NC (The Voice in the Wilderness) Give online Twitter: Daily Podcasts Online

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4•The Voice in the Wilderness The Voice in the Wilderness ? 63 years of printing The Voice in the Wilderness readers continue to send notes of appreciation for this ministry. There are few today that continue to take the Biblical stand that has glorified God, saved souls, built churches, and blessed a people with such a precious heritage. Many such publications are full of advertisements and charge a regular subscription fee. The Voice in the Wilderness is a free subscription. Yet, thousands across America and around the world look forward to a visit from this fundamental Voice. But in this day of Internet, email, blogs and high tech, why continue to write, print and mail The Voice in the Wilderness? Obviously, in the world of printing, similar thought has been critically examined from a money and marketing standpoint. Books, magazines, newspapers, and newsletters continue to fly off the presses around the world. I am persuaded there is even a greater urgency and need to print The Voice in the Wilderness. In lieu of the modern world, here is why we continue to print The Voice in the Wilderness: • It is proven – There is nothing like your own copy, in-your-hand, beforeyour-eyes, marked and highlighted. • It is rare – We know this, and readers also tell us so. Rarity exists in the fundamental, KJB stand. Specifics are not avoided in a politically correct, ear-ticklin’ age. • It can be read at leisure – You can take it with you anywhere. The Voice in the Wilderness is a handy-dandy, ready-to-go friend. • It is personable and shareable - You can have your own private copy and even pass it along to another reader. • A gregarious partnership and heritage. Resources for You Request For m Page 32 A Miracle in India - The story of Baba and his testimony of faith How to be a Prayer Partner - A simple yet challenging outline of how to connect and pray effectively for your missionaries Suffer the Little Children- Dynamic examples and techniques to equip the adult in biblical teaching and leading a child to Christ Why Print After Centennial Edition Brochures

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •5 • It cannot be erased – oops! You have a copy; thousands have copies, and The Voice office keeps file copies. No computer crash can destroy this written paper. • It brings a joyous anticipation. What a blessing to go to the mailbox, read and reread The Voice in the Wilderness. • It is more than a publication – The Voice in the Wilderness is a printed missionary, an evangelist, a missionary support base, APM, CrossVue and much, much, more. • It is advertisement and sponsorship free - You can trust The Voice in the Wilderness to be filled margin-to-margin with undiluted, truthful content. • The Voice in the Wilderness Why NO ADS levels the playing field – Rich, poor, young, old, Why you'll APPRECIATE this overseas, ministerial and Why WE NEED YOU! laymen have the same access From it's inception, The Voice in the to this publication. Anyone Wilderness printing bill has been willing to invest time to read paid by the offerings of readers, can utilize The Voice in the unlike other similar publications who Wilderness. fund printing and grow the bottom In this Centennial year of the line through selling high priced life and influence of Dr. J. advertisement space or weakening Royce Thomason, we believe content to accommodate sponsor more than ever in the need desires. Many times "money"pressure for the printed copy of The may cause the printed word to Voice in the Wilderness. Very few be diluted or completely omitted Christian publications and very few preachers are addressing which diminishes the publication's in specifics the issues facing effectiveness. NOT THIS VOICE! young people, marriages and churches today. Even in this edition, you will read articles and sermons on subjects that the majority of Pastors never preach or teach. For example, grown children of Pastors have shared with our ministry that they never heard definitive preaching on divorce and re-marriage. Thus the urgent and continued need for this printed "Voice." Gifts, Books, Bible Study, Mission, Witness, Bible Memory Suicide & What About Cremation?- With the coming of “evil days,” perhaps two pamphlet resources will be a help, encouragement and study tool. A Miracle in Venezuela- For decades, The Voice has been privileged to be a part of what God is doing in Venezuela. Read this testimony of a church plant in Venezuela. Brochures

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6•The Voice in the Wilderness Centennial Edition Sermon OF THE MONTH Earnestly Contend for the faith This is an exhortation to all believers. Jude presents an address of challenges from the first century church viewpoint. Yet, he gives us today, in 2016, a prophetic alert on current corruption. In addition we have his practical application for correcting these errors. His exhortation to us is to earnestly contend for the faith. If Dr. J. Royce Thomason were still with us in this walk of life today, he would be 100 years old. Over six decades ago, he chose Jude 3 as marching orders for The Voice in the Wilderness. Bro. Royce served in the army during WWII and then upon discharge, traveled around the world in medical missions. Early on in his ministry he separated from denominational compromise. Even at that time he saw the dangers of those who had crept in unawares and had begun to undermine the truth of God’s Word. During 2016, we are celebrating the 100-year mark of Bro. Royce’s life. It has been a joy to emphasize his one life, one voice, and one influence for eternity throughout this year long centennial celebration. In this edition of “The Voice in the Wilderness” we are looking at the Book of Jude with a challenge to pastors and churches. Here is a brief outline of Jude’s 25 verses. • The Devotion – verses 1 & 2 (“The servant of Jesus Christ”). Resources for You Request For m Page 32 Truth or Myth - The Truth about the Confederate Battle Flag by Pastor John Weaver and other significant facts surrounding that time in history Marriage & the Home - A Biblical study on God’s plan for marriage and raising a Christian family Booklets

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •7 • The Defense – verses 3 & 4 (“Contend for the Faith”). • The Defiled – verses 5-16 (“Filthy Dreamers Defile the Flesh…woe unto them!). • The Difference – verses 17-23 (“Making a Difference”). Jude closes his book with exceeding joy –victory in Jesus. • The Doxology – verses 24-25 (“The only wise God our Saviour”). In 25 verses less than 500 words, Jude gives this powerful denunciation of ungodly men who have “crept in unawares…”. They slip in to drag down. Now listen carefully—the ungodly are saying that salvation and sin are compatible. That is a lie. One dear lady told me—but, Bro. Ronnie, you don’t understand—it is happening to all families. She was referring to fornication, divorce and remarriage. The truth is—it is not happening to all families—and if it was, that doesn’t change God’s truth. Sin is still destructive and there are consequences for sin. A casual, cavalier, carnal attitude towards sin positions a church for creeping things. Did you notice Jude describes these ungodly men as denying “the only Lord God, our Lord Jesus Christ”? A casual, cavalier, carnal attitude towards sin positions a church for creeping things. I was preaching one Sunday and in the message hit on the subject of public education. In talking about these godless government-run schools, there were some church members that got quite upset. On one occasion we were out soul-winning in a community, had several Gifts, Books, Bible Study, Mission, Witness, Bible Memory His Voice Shakes the Wilderness - A detailed account by Sophie Muller of her lifetime of missionary work in the Jungles of South America Beyond Civilization - Further details of Sophie’s ministry including her “Jungle Methods” used by Indian lay leaders in the jungle The Book of Revelation - A layman’s verse by verse study of Revelation written by The Voice in the Wilderness founder Dr. J. Royce Thomason Q & A Revelation Study Book - Companion Out-of-Stock Books

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8•The Voice in the Wilderness Centennial Edition people saved, and in the course of events got cross-wise with some Masons. Our efforts in that community were immediately shut down. I was having a Bible Study with a young couple praying that they would be saved. The young man asked me “If I get saved, will I have to give up my rock n’ roll music”? I asked him, “What did he think”? He replied, “I think if I get saved, I need to give up my rock n’ roll music, so I’m not going to get saved.” The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I understood those words when I got saved, did you? Apparently, the young man I was witnessing to understood that if he got saved, Jesus would be Lord and rock n’ roll music would be out. By the way, he did get saved. Praise the Lord. Why in the world Christians would support public education, I don’t know. Surely if they are knowledgeable of the Bible, the last thing they would do would be to defend public education. Even for someone seeing himself or herself as a missionary in the public school system there surely would be no hostility toward a preacher exposing the atheism and error of government schools. They would cheer him on and say sound the trumpet Brother. If you profess to be saved but maintain a membership in the Masonic lodge, and a murderer gets off scott-free because he is a Mason, does that not tell you something? Then in your community lost people are getting saved, but the “One of the most important documents a man ever signs is his Will. I can tell better what a man had in his heart by reading his Will than I can by reading his obituary. His obituary tells the world what his friends thought of him; his Will reveals what he had in his heart.” - A. M. Vollmer For as (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he- Proverbs 23:7. Out of (the heart) are the issues of life - Proverbs 4:23. A bequest in your Will to The Voice in the Wilderness, Inc. can assure that the outreach of this ministry at home and abroad will continue after you have gone to your eternal reward. Prayerfully consider us in your Estate Planning. Thank you! Resources for You Request For m Page 32 Heritage Lapel Pin - A uniquely designed lapel pin picturing the Christian flag, US Flag, Star of David, Alpha & Omega, Bible, Eagle - beautifully displayed on a full-color description card KJB Anniversary Lapel Pin - Featuring the Bible with salvation colored ribbons and dates for KJB 400th anniversary "Smiley" Gift for You - Handy 2x2 tract booklet including the Gospel message - 10/pk IS GOD’S WORK IN YOUR WILL? Witness

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •9 Masons don’t like it, and shut that evangelistic effort down, does that not tell you something? Yes, today there are some ungodly men denying the Lord Jesus Christ, and they have crept in unawares. You’ve heard the phrase before describing the Lord as “the man upstairs.” Today it’s “let’s party with Jesus.” HIS true church is not a party with Jesus nor are we to call our Holy God the “man upstairs.” Some have crept in unawares in an attempt to bring our Lord Jesus Christ “downstairs” to a lowered level of carnality. “Certain men” have thrown in with the world today and are preaching and teaching contrary to our Lord’s Word. Churches have very little power over this world, when this world has so much power over us. When Jesus holds place as Lord, then He is Lord in all places. These modern, contemporary preachers want their church campuses with ball fields, soccer fields, gymnasiums, weight-watchers, zumba classes and worship time like a recreational event. Now I don’t want to be a stick in the mud nor an old fuddy-duddy. I believe in: • Re-created • Re-generated • Re-newed • Re-freshed • Re-vived • Re-joicing in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. However, it’s not done in a causal and carnal fashion. All we do, is to be Christ honoring. They have crept in unawares with their books, CD’s, DVD’s, TV programs, Radio, and mega church mania. Now don’t misunderstand me. A “big church” is not inherently wrong anymore than a “small church” that doesn’t have one soul saved and baptized in 12 months is a spiritual church. But mark it down for certain. “Before of old ordained” in time past and present there are men who have professed but did not possess Jesus as Lord. They “crept in” and abuse grace, abhor law, and advert doctrine. Theirs is a practical denial of the sovereign Lord Jesus. These are libertines. I use three words to describe Gifts, Books, Bible Study, Mission, Witness, Bible Memory Hall of Faith - Collector's card series; handy 2¾x4¼ size; Tidbits, quotes, testimonies, and Bible memory on back - Set Options: Ten Commandments, King James Bible Translators, Unreached People Groups, Heroes of the Faith, Luke 2 Christmas, Matthew 28 Resurrection Bible Memory

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10•The Voice in the Wilderness Centennial Edition them—casual, carnal, and corrupt. Wicked and vile are those who would dare lower the standard to the world’s level, and wrest the scripture to their life style. It is not a waste of time to preach against this modernistic casual, carnal, corrupt churchianity. Jude warns us. Ungodly men have crept into the church. Over Twenty-five years ago I cried aloud and spared not against the ungodly public schools. I went on record saying, “soon people would not even know which Bathroom to use. Progressive education was dumbing-down to the extent that Look-say students couldn’t read and girls didn’t wear dresses so nobody could read the bathroom signs to know which toilet to use." Young women in Christian colleges as well as mothers in churches acted like they were addicted to their “britches.” They wanted to tar and feather me for preaching against their liberty with my legalism. The anger and hostility was intense. The distinction in Deuteronomy 22:5 was Old Testament and my holier than thou legalistic preaching on dress was not welcomed. It was ridiculous to say no one would know which bathroom to use. I was being hateful and mean spirited. So now tell me has the prophecy come true? Yes it has. From the North Carolina General Assembly HB2 and LGBTQ groups the argument is about which bathroom to use. Multitudes are dying and going to hell, and you will waste time and energy preaching about bathrooms and britches on women. Oh, by the way, don’t forget, body piercing. And while we are on the subject, how about music and movie going or Disney and dance, even wine and working on Sunday. When I got saved in 1971, I was a longhaired, bell-bottom, surf-shirt wearing lost sinner. My music was Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat and Tears, Cream, and Chicago. The same big bass, boom, and beat that once came out of my eight-track player can now be heard from the amplifiers and drums at a local church near you. It’s interesting, even though I did not own a tie or suit, of course it must have been the Holy Spirit (you think?), that for me it seemed only proper and appropriate to wear a tie and coat to church. I’m not even sure that my Dad owned a suit. We were not churchgoers. But he did have some fancy Hawaiian ties. You know, those bright colorful ties with the palm trees, Resources for You Request For m Page 32 Mission Task Assignment Devotional Book OneNine Mission Task Assignments including Bible lesson, mission prayer point, and four engaging activities to further prepare the young person to Be a Missionary everyday JOY Prayer Journal - 90 Day journal teaching the young person how to talk with Jesus everyday and training them to develop a life centered around Jesus Youth

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •11 surfboard, and hula girls. So here goes this newly saved, hippie doodle beach bum off to church with his Dad’s Hawaiian tie on. Of course today, there’s no Hawaiian ties, just Hawaiian shirts in the pulpit with the rock n’ roll band playing something about Jesus on stage. Yes, I know, all of the above is in the “No Fly Zone.” You know what I’m talking about. Preachers have a list of subjects that they won't even touch with a 12 inch thick family King James Bible. Now here are some simple principles that I learned within a few months. Think about them for a minute: • Little foxes that spoil the vines. Song of Sol. 2:15 • I ’ m b o u g h t w i t h a p r i c e . I Cor. 6:19&20 This is “No Jude • Avoid the appearance of evil. • I Thess. 5:22 For Dummies.” Jude had a tendency to enter that “No Fly Zone.” He deals with some hot topics indeed. Christians prove This is “No Jude For Dummies.” Sadly, some they are not Christians after many years are still asking, “Where did Cain get his wife?” Do you studying the remember your public school teacher saying the only dumb question is the question you Scripture by asking don’t ask? Wrong. Some Christians prove they the same old are not studying the Scripture by asking the questions. same old questions. • Will smoking my cigarettes send me to hell? • Are you saying I’m not saved if I wear pants? • Ain’t gluttony just as bad as adultery? • So after all, where did Cain get his wife? • So you’re saying God doesn’t want me to be happy with my third husband? Gifts, Books, Bible Study, Mission, Witness, Bible Memory Listeners WORLDWIDE Russia, Poland, Denmark, Ukraine, Venezuela, Philippines, Portugal, Germany, and many more are tuning in via internet and Christian radio to hear the power-packed 3-minute, daily Biblical Alert. Recent Topics: Can you find the right one to marry?, Commander-in-Chief blackmail, Moral wrongs and civil rights,... Go To: www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org Audio

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12•The Voice in the Wilderness Centennial Edition “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” One preacher said Cain represents Rationalism. Balaam represents Mammonism. Core (Korah) represents Anarchism. Everybody understands this: Rationalism is a rash of lies. Mammon is the old show me the money. Anarchism is your legalistic, hypocritical holier than thous. Sounds like Jude was preaching in some of our churches today. Let’s just be plain about it. There is a crowd in the church in love with the flesh, the world, and the devil. It has crept in—this ungodly crowd turning the grace of God into lasciviousness. Does a Christian parent really want their son to say, “I am a woman in a man’s body”? Does a Christian parent really want their daughter to say, “I am a man trapped in a female body”? We don’t want our child to spend their life in prison as a felon, drunk, and drug offender. The Lord saves His people out of the land of Egypt. The land of Egypt is the place of sin, slavery, and Satan. Jude tells us the Lord saved us out of the land of Egypt. We are to live in our Lord’s land of promise. Each generation must get out of the land of Egypt and get in the land of promise. By the way, Joseph did not even want his bones left in the land of Egypt. Hey, we want to live in the land of Egypt but enjoy the blessing of the land of promise. Some years ago we were living and ministering in the state of Montana. The news reported a tragic hunting accident. It seemed that a man was elk hunting nearby in the mountains, spotted an elk, and fired his high-powered rifle. Now I do not remember whether he killed the elk or not, but the bullet traveled a mile away killing a young girl horseback riding on a distant mountain ridge. We’ve heard it said, “Know your target and what is beyond it.” We may live our life day to day thinking there’s nothing wrong with this or that. I deserve to be happy--all the while not looking beyond our immediacy and seeing the implications and consequence of our choices. So is there a positive in all of this? Certainly, God’s Word equips us to be victorious in this walk of life. Briefly in closing, permit me to give you three thoughts as we earnestly contend for the faith. • The Purity of Scripture and Sermon—for all us preachers the Resources for You Request For m Page 32 www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org Online Explore The Voice in the Wilderness website for Bible study tools, audio lessons, topical articles, digital archives of The Voice in the Wilderness publication, and much more FREE for your use.

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •13 Words of the Lord are pure (Ps. 12:6-7). Be assured we have the pure, powerful, preserved Word of God to preach to the needy souls of men. • The Prayers of Sincerity and Separation—pray and faint not (Luke 18). We must not be weary in well doing. The wicked do not get weary in their evil doing. Let us pray and trust the Lord for the victory. Don’t just pray for the work. Prayer is the WORK! • The Power of Spirit and Service—but ye shall receive power (Acts 1:8). Our Lord has promised His power for the warfare. Thus Jude closes with the Doxology. Read Jude 24 and 25. Glory and majesty, dominion and power! Carlisle Hanna said his daughter Sheila Marie was 3 months old when he and his wife arrived in Allahabad. It was cold one day and hot (120 degrees) the next in February and March. Their sweet precious baby girl got sick—vomiting and soon very dehydrated. The doctor probably made the wrong choices, death came. There was no phone. Family and the other missionaries were far away. There was a small wooden casket made and a burial at Muir Road Christian Cemetery. I thought about those who have gone before us and faithfully, even sacrificially served the Lord. They earnestly contended for the faith that was entrusted to them and paid the supreme price in devotion. Am I even worthy to read their testimony. Yet I dare complain about some of the trivial inconveniences of life while they did front line combat with the powers of darkness. Will we also earnestly contend? Our LORD Jesus is worthy. A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight. Do not study the Bible "hit and miss." You, no doubt, will "miss" more than you "hit." Temperance is moderation in things that are good and total abstinence from things that are bad. Gifts, Books, Bible Study, Mission, Witness, Bible Memory The Book of Revelation Online Edition - A layman’s verse by verse study of Revelation written by The Voice in the Wilderness founder Dr. J. Royce Thomason including Q & A Revelation Study Book Online

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14•The Voice in the Wilderness Centennial Edition Every time I preach or we print another edition of The Voice in Just ONE for THEE! From Father’s heart Your special part. Blessed from above In eternal love. Here I am, Dear Precious Lamb. That ONE may be YOU! The Creator’s mind His loving design. The Potter’s hand A divine plan. God’s loving touch With so very much. 1. It may be your prayers. 2. It may be your finances. 3. It may be your Gospel witness. the Wilderness, it is my thought that someone may be THE ONE to step up and be used of God to shake their church, this nation, even the world for The Truth of Jesus Christ. -R. Williamson Maybe you are THE ONE God will use to stand “UPON THE ROCK” And declare Jesus is Lord! YOU may be the ONE

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More on Dear Reader: After almost seven decades of ministry, The Voice in the Wilderness continues to stand in the gap preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are in great darkness. Contending for American Freedom and contending for Fundamental Christianity remains a vital thrust of this missionary and printing ministry. We appreciate so very much your prayers. May God help us all to be faithful. @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •15 A Tribute to Bro. Royce Listen my children and you shall hear Of the power of God and Holy fear. When came along the circuit ridin’ man With the fire of God and The Word in hand. How once upon a time the church grew cold, The altars were bare and the devil had a hold. And the folk just sat and watched the clock While Jesus stood at the door to knock. But they couldn’t see nor could they hear Their eyes all dry, not a fallen tear. For the souls of men who are lost in sin Doomed to die, will no one cry? “But we’re too busy” from day to day Just a trying’ to make it along life’s way, To pay the liens and visa card And keep our credit from being marred. And the cause of it all this sad some plight Was they let the world cloud out the light. Just an inch at a time till they had trod Far away from the Word of God. A form of Godliness, no power at all Destined for certain to a hopeless fall. But hallelujah, God’s not dead, The Son arose, hell has fled! The Holy Ghost and a preaching flame Steps foward with victories claim. He preached up a storm and the wind did blow, And all the folk in that place did know, The fire of God was consuming sin Convicting hearts and winning men. Looky yonder, the drunkard come Along with a backslidden church hoppin’ bum. The dunamis of God is a blastin’ away As the gates of hell begin to sway. Don’t despair and don’t you quit A fightin’ sin, give the devil a fit. For the trumpets ready and soon will sound, Then heaven’s reward and upward bound. So even now in this Laodician age When men run crazed in a sinful rage, Preach on my Brother Royce, the mighty Word of God His call remains, it’s Holy Ground you’ve trod. -Ronnie L. Williamson, 1996

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