The Voice in the Wilderness Summer 2017

 

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•Summer 2017• •Free Subscription• The Transformed Mind We do judge a book by its cover. What version are you? “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 Summer 2017 Dear Friends: "The Transformed Mind" is our Theme for 2017. It has been my privilege to preach on this thought provoking subject in several meetings thus far this year. Within these pages are three articles you will want to read and reread on this critical topic. Can you identify my four individuals on the front cover of this edition? The church is easily identifiable. The Fireman, Policeman, Doctor and Preacher are as well, I hope. Our generation can remember these uniformed individuals and identity. However, with 60+ gender indentities, who knows! The Transformed Mind will help with this. Already in 2017, we have logged more highway miles than I anticipated. Part of one trip included a stop at Bearing Precious Seed in Milford, OH, to start a Scripture printing project. The Voice in the Wilderness is printing and preparing the Gospel of John and Romans in Curipaco and Piapoco jungle languages. After that we head to Colombia for meetings and distribution. There may very well be precious souls receiving for the first time Scripture in their mother tongue. Pray with us that the churches will be blessed by this special project. Then it was a privilege to be a part of Awake America’s Capitol Connection. Several inches of snow and ice made our appointments on Capitol Hill even more interesting. Terry and I also visited GraceWay Baptist Church, a new church plant in D.C. just a few blocks from the Capitol. That Sunday morning, as we entered, one of the greeters said, “Hello, Bro. Ronnie Williamson.” I had no idea we knew anyone personally at GraceWay. It so happened that Bro. Worth, a charter member of GraceWay, is working in Washington, and I had preached in his home church years ago. What a small world, and it was a wonderful Lord’s Day. Pray for Pastor (Continued p.19)

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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. RoyceThomason 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, Write to us Dr. Ronnie L. Williamson Dr. J. Royce Thomason Memorial Voice in the Wilderness P.O. Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 Voice (828) 649-1043 www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org CONTENTS 4 Fingerprints for God in the Jungle 6 Your Living Sacrifice & Renewing Mind 11 News Bits 12 Travel Snapshots: Arkansas/Missouri 13 Jungle Bibles 14 Treks Through Capitol Hill 16 Belief Transforms Behavior 20 Stinkin' Thinkin' 23 Praise & Urgent Notice 24 Bless Be the TIE that Binds 27 First Responders, Memorials, & Honors 28 Update from the Lillys Get Learn more at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org FREE Online Resources December 2010• Free Subscription• Ronnie and Terry Williamson • Steve and Rebekah Lilly Evangelist/Editor Staff Missionaries Mini-Voice Edition & Prayer Letter THANK YOU for being a friend to this ministry and the giving of your prayers and support! “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 Digital & Print Edition interested in it than we are.” – Hudson Taylor NEWS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE Pray for us! Online Washington Waste - Newsweek.com relitigate ObamaCare. In this last month of 2010, we have all reports the following on waste and been busy at the tasks He has called us to. uncontrolled spending in Washing- U.S. Takeover - Policy of the elitist Special meetings and KJB services have ton..: The Social Security Adminis- take-over group robs from any and filled the calendar for December, and we tration sent $18 million in stimulus everybody to expand their power- are already making special project and funds to 71,688 dead people, and grab. Property ownership and privacy traveling plans for 2011. The Virtual Voice $40.3 million in questionable ben- means nothing to this crowd. Look at for December has been completed and can efit payments to 1,760 deceased Obama on Israel, for example. He is be viewed online at www.thevoiceinthewil- individuals; the Department of Ag- against Israel’s plan to build on their derness.org. We are also excited to share riculture sent $41.1 billion in farm- own land in East Jerusalem. Is this additional resources with you via our web- ing subsidies to dead farmers; The man anti-U.S./Israel and pro-Mus- site, such as the Online Audio Bible page Department of Health and Human lim/Socialist or what? where you can read through the Bible in a Services sent $3.9 million to 11,000 “I want one of those!”.... year with text and audio streaming. Thank dead people to help pay heating and That was the story just told by a Texas you for your continued interest and sup- cooling cost; and Medicare paid up man on the phone with The Voice in port, especially at this critical year-end to $492 million in claims for medical the Wilderness office. He had been time, and please make note of our special supplies prescribed by dead doctors standing in line at Chik-fil-A when prayer and praise list. and $8.2 million for medical sup- his eyes caught sight of an interestplies prescribed for dead patients. ing lapel pin on the suit coat of an- Prayer Praise It would be interesting to know who other man in line. He stepped close • Travel Safety • Offerings for soft- was cashing these checks. (Editor: to get a good look and saw that it was • Health ware updates From first-hand experience, I know a King James Bible pin. “Hey, I like • Increased Support • 2500 KJB Signa- 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 that...Where did you get it?” In a quick minute, the owner of the pin, an evangelist, took the pin off, gave it to him, and directed him to our minstry where he could obtain more. Thousands of these little proclamations are voicing our stand on God’s Word, the King James Bible. Over 2500 have now signed the King • KJB Project tures • Venezuela Church • New updates to Planting Projects website • Car for Pastor • New opportunities Niller - San Felipe, for 2011 Venezuela • Safe travels and • Foreign travel and good services Missions teaching • Special offerings poll, just 16% of voters want to leave James Declaration. Let your voice and preaching ObamaCare as is. A full 48% of voters be heard today. Join with those oth- • Property Mainte- want to see it out-right repealed, and ers by sending your signature to our nance Equipment another 31% want to see it changed in some way. Americans do want to office and requesting your KJB lapel pin. 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Not every person in the pew will have a transformed mind. Not every pastor in the pulpit will have a transformed mind. But as we will see in our text, the transformed mind is without doubt a Biblical teaching, if not a command. Our text is taken from Romans 12:1,2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. The great apostle Paul, saved by the grace of God, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, separated unto the gospel of God says this is his prayer for us. “I beseech you therefore, brethren…” 1. The Plea Paul says, I am pleading, begging, beseeching you by the power of this Scripture to be transformed. No not a casual; would you think about it, please do me a favor suggestion. In his plea for transformation Paul is calling us near to himself in an urgent beseeching. Under inspiration Paul says, “I beseech you therefore.” I was told as a young preacher when you see, “therefore,” ask what is “therefore” there for? The reason is the principles or doctrine Paul has previously taught. 2. The Principles The apostle Paul by inspiration gives us the foundation to stand on and presents the practical for living the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Note the GAP – GOOD, ACCEPTABLE, and PERFECT) The Book of Romans is in itself a treatise. As you read and study, here’s a brief outline: • His Doctrine – Romans Chapters 1-11

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Are you a tyrant of grace or a Trophy of HIS GRACE? More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •7 (This is the “therefore” that Paul is referring to in Romans 12) • My Duty – Romans Chapters 12-16 • Our Decision – Romans Chapter 16:24-27 Take a look at the end from the beginning. The Book of Romans closes with what I emphasize as our decision. Just an observation: When an individual is born again, the Holy Spirit begins to teach and guide in all Truth (John 16:13 Prov. 3:5, 6-9; II Peter 1:19). If the growth is stunted early on, recovery is rare (Matt 28:19,20). As Paul closes in Romans 16:24-27, we see The miraculous “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” The marvelous gospel – the power to stablish us according to my gospel The message given – the preaching of Jesus Christ The mystery glorious – Paul uses mystery 20 times in his epistles, speaking of God’s glorious purpose. Christ is all in all. The manifest goodness made known to all nations. The magnificent God – Only wise, glory through Jesus Christ. Think about it. The Lord will use us to tell the nations, the world about our Saviour. Our decision Our decision is certainly not conforming is certainly not to this world, nor hypocrisy. Keep in is it legalism, mind the end rules or result is conforming to this a transformed mind. So, we have the plea given by Paul and principles he has taught in Romans, Chapters 1-11. Now we see the world, nor is it legalism, rules or participants are the brethren. hypocrisy. 3. The Participants There is a deep connection and close relationship. Together we are in Christ. The apostle Paul has addressed us personally as the brethren. We are the participants in this transformation. So we see The Plea, The Principles, and The Participants. But you may ask the question, “How can this transformation be possible?” And so without His provision, it would be impossible. 4. The Provision Can we do this? Yes, but only “by the mercies of God”. It’s mind over matter, and your mind does matter. 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and a towering thinker. That historical event did not always reflect a transformation but from God’s Word we can have a transformation reformation. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep they heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” If by reformation you mean a total transformation of the heart and mind, then, and only then,

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8•The Voice in the Wilderness Summer 2017 will result the miracle of Romans 12:2. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he….” The mind and heart does matter if we make reformation and resolutions without transformation. There will be no lasting change of heart and mind apart from Transformation. President Ronald Reagan once said, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Ignorance and wrong thinking will lead to wrong living and lead to bad influence. “A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fools wrath is heavier than them both” Proverbs 27.3. The wrath of a fool can be dangerous and even deadly. But think of this. A church full of people conformed to this world—they can condemn a generation to hell. It is only “by the mercies of God” that transformation can occur and a generation can live to the glory of God. That is HIS provision. Now let’s look at the presentation. 5. The Presentation The apostle says, “….present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” “What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Gods.” I Corinthians 6:19-20. Some are always saying God looks on the heart, and that is true. But the carnal crowd is making excuses for their conformity to the ways of the world. The apostle Paul speaks of the reasonable service which is more than just a so-called reasonable request. This service refers to the priestly ministry. Choose you this day whom ye will serve. Presenting our bodies a living sacrifice is not asking too much. We are not to be a pierced, tattooed, All too often we dancing footed, wine sipping, leggin’ wearing, carnally clad body. Did you notice holy and live beneath our acceptable unto God? So presenting your birthright. The body is a service of the mind, reasonable. If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, only way we can then what is reasonable? Read Joshua 24:15. All too often we live beneath our birthright. understand this is by The only way we can understand this is by a transformed mind. a transformed mind. It’s always amazing to me how some people achieve a certain way of thinking and view of their life. David Rockefeller died on March 20, 2017 at age 101. He was the grandson of John D. Rockefeller, a devout northern Baptist. John D. would read the Bible daily, attend prayer meetings twice a week, and led his on Bible study. He abstained from alcohol and tobacco all his life.

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •9 John D gave tens of thousands of dollars to Christian groups even while trying to borrow a million dollars to expand his own business. By age 45 John D. Rockefeller had given away $100,000 per year. By age 53 he gave away $1,000,000 per year. At age 80 he gave away $138,000,000 per year. In total he gave $550,000,000 to churches, schools, hospitals, black schools, southern schools, and Baptist schools. What a way of thinking. This man had a mind about life and giving. If only every believer had a mind for presenting their body as a gift to God. Okay, now watch this carefully. I’m not teaching some mystical, religious, impossible hocus-pocus. This is not some wild-eyed, charismatic, emergent church, new-age heresy. This is the born-again saint of God performing the priestly ministry and service of a living sacrifice presented unto God, holy, acceptable and reasonable. This is not a second work of grace, a second blessing nor sinless perfection. This is a living sacrifice, transformed by the renewing of our mind! From the Old Testament Tabernacle and High Priest to the New Testament Temple of the Holy Ghost and believer priest, we “enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way…” Read Hebrews 10:15-25: 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Almighty God in every detail “by His mercies” and His perfect plan (He is the architect) gives us the prophetic picture of perfect propitiation. From the OT to the NT, from the Tabernacle to the Temple of the Holy Ghost we see the sinner, you and me, as being outside. We enter the door and there is the brazen altar. Christ is the door and it is His Cross where Christ gave His life to give us life. We pass on from the brazen altar to the laver where there’s washing and cleansing. Then there’s the table of fellowship and light at the golden candlestick. The power of prayer as we come to the incense altar when suddenly, we behold, the veil is rent! Come to the mercy seat “by

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10•The Voice in the Wilderness Summer 2017 the mercies of God”. Come on in, His mercies are mine, they are yours. Don’t stay outside sinner. And don’t live in the courtyard saint. The veil is rent and we can enter into the Holiest. In Christ, Christ in us is the hope of glory. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Therefore, enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus. Don’t feed on the dregs of this world. The veil is rent. Enter in to the Holy Place. Behold The Transformation! Remember our test - Romans 12:1,2. Consider this ABC formula for The Transformed Mind. Philippians 4:8 says, “Think on these things.” The attitude of the believer concerning the things of God is absolutely critical to the transformed mind. Read what Paul says our minds should think on in Philippians 4:8. “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29. The attitude of our mind should be obedience in all that God has revealed to us. This is not mysterious, but God has given us His Word to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. It’s a matter of attitude—willingness to recognize His direction; aptitude—reading and studying to learn what God has said; altitude—commitment to the high call of God in Christ Jesus. Secondly, think about the word believe. Acts 17:11,12 says: 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. The Bereans received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily. Then the record in Acts says many of them believed. Our transformed mind is dependent daily on the Word of God renewing our minds in this world of confusion. Finally, where is Biblical conviction?—conviction for the Word of God, to the work of God and in the way of God. Years ago while ministering and living in Montana a very sad and tragic event occurred. A elk hunter raised his high-powered rifle, pulled the trigger, and discharged a bullet aimed at his target, but unbeknown to him the projectile traveled another mile further striking a young girl riding her horse on a distinct mountain ridge killing her. Did the hunter intend to do this? NO! The illustration is—we must always look beyond the target. The transformed mind is not fixated on just the hear and now, but looks beyond the target. The transformed mind lives in the light of eternity. -RLW

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •11 NEWS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE New Fields of Study - Universities in the United States, Australia, Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and France offer undergraduate and masters's programs in fashion/dress history and fashion studies. There is a difference, you know. From contemporary to broad spans of time, visual culture to sociological, the crisscross of confusion is furthered for students and researchers alike. Throw in with the history, art, design, film, media, marketing, business and gender studies, far too many Pastors and Churches have said "anything goes!" What should I wear to the funeral? - Almost daily, the fashion world, celebrity and even politics debates the confusion and complexity of dress. Colleges and Universities are conducting "Adulting Classes" for students without a clue on how to make adult decisions. There are courses on dress, as well. Not just fashion and marketing, etc, but how to dress for various events. For example, there are ways not to dress for a job interview. I personally was born in a different era or as some assert, a different planet, for I never needed a course on appropriate dress for a job interview, funeral nor a wedding. By the way, my wife and I praise the Lord, have been married 44 years and never had an "Adulting Class!" Some say there should be a law against baggy pants hanging down and underwear tights worn as outer wear. There is confusion and who is the author of confusion? Is it such a sacrifice or inconvenience to dress up not down in respect of a loved one? I remember the secular news coverage criticizing the casual, sloppy, even disrespectful dress of multitudes that filed by when President Ronald Reagan lay in-state. Do we need a Funeral Dress course like the University course "Adulting"? IS GOD’S WORK IN YOUR WILL? “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!

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Pastor Nolan Wynn overlooks their new church building site. It was a joy to be with the good folks at Pleasant Ridge in Missouri. Pray as they expand their property and ministry with a vision to reach precious souls for Christ. Thank you, Bro. Wynn, for your fundamental stand. Pastor Burks and his talented folks were a blessing this year at the Oak Lane Camp Meeting. We always enjoy our time in Arkansas. It was my privilege to preach twice and hear more than a dozen excellent sermons that challenged my life. This was a great time of fellowship and refreshing.

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •13 The Voice in the Wilderness Ministry reprinted Sophie Muller’s (Missionary to the Jungles) Bible translation work in Curipaco, Piapoco, Puinave, and Guahibo languages. In 1999 Brother Williamson was privileged to stand where Sophie served for 50 years and witness 1500 precious souls come walking through the jungle and canoeing down the Orinoco to receive the Word of God in their indigenous language. Indeed it was a blessing! Bearing Precious Seed in Milford, OH, agreed to print the indigenous language Jn/Rms Bibles for the jungle work and volunteers from Little Ivy Baptist Church assemble the Scriptures. We are working together with BPS, Missionary Gage and others to determine the best shipment and distribution method for the John and Romans. PRAISE THE LORD for the offerings thus far! We look forward to giving these John and Romans to those who already have expressed anticipation and excitement over receiving their own precious copy Read the background of of God’s Word. Sophie’s Jungle ministry in her books. Please pray and give toward the remaining printing, shipping and distribution costs for this mission project. • Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Ronald Reagan • The Proverbs 31 woman has fire in her soul and grace in her heart. • One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. • A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.

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14•The Voice in the Wilderness Summer 2017 TREKS THROUGH • Thank you Pastor Creed and Dr. Chuck Harding for another opportunity to impact Capitol Hill with the Truth. Hundreds of Pastors and others walked the halls of YOUour government to meet with and pray for Congressional leaders. We were honored may be theto present Congressman Mark Meadows (NC) with a beautiful commemorative edition of the history of our nation. Many ONEleaders, like Cathy McMorris Rodgers (pic- tured right) gave time to update attendees on current issues.

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More on @TheVoice_NC or visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •15 CAPITOL HILL • As we entered the Arlington Cemetary, notice the wordage of the sign to the right that greeted visitors. So, where is "Dignity and Respect" today? Have we taught the next generation the meaning of "Hallowed Grounds" and "Dignity and Respect" when they show up at a grandparents funeral in flip-flops and the beach look? • Graceway Baptist Church, Pastor Brad Wells, his family, and this new church in the heart of D.C. was a blessing! They currently lift up their voice and make a difference from the old hospital building once dedicated by Abraham Lincoln.

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