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Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on Yesterday, 02:08 PM
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 21 January 2015 - 02:26 PM
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 08 January 2015 - 10:27 AM
I know a pastor who say that Jesus was normally clean shaven but due to the timing of the arrest and trial didn't get a chance to shave --- wow! Now that's some fast growing hair for a 24hr "beard" to be able to be plucked!
And that is a perfect example of the lack in Biblical discernment among independent fundamental Baptists (even among the leadership thereof) over which my heart is so grieved. I thought that the "fundamental" word in the title "Independent Fundamental Baptist" was supposed to mean that we are a BIBLICALLY minded people.
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 08 January 2015 - 09:30 AM
Not natural???!!! Facial hair on a man is exactly according to nature. And as one pastor in our area indicated -- Since God desires that there be some form of distinction between a man and a woman in external appearance, and since God HIMSELF created facial hair on the man as a very obvious distinction, it might be that we should strongly encourage (rather than so strongly oppose) our men to have facial hair. (Note: I am not indicating that we should command it, for I am not aware of such a command in God's Word. Furthermore, as I have previously indicated, I myself remain clean shaven. However, we certainly should not oppose it as some kind of ungodliness.) (Secondary note: I wonder if Adam had facial hair from the moment of his creation?)
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 07 January 2015 - 03:01 PM
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 07 January 2015 - 04:15 PM
To me, the most sad part of this matter is the lack of Biblical discernment among independent fundamental Baptists (even among the leadership thereof).
Probably, the anti-facial hair movement began around the time of the rebellious, ungodly hippy movement, in order that godly men might not be equated with this rebellious, ungodly movement in society through the "facial-hair" symbol that they portrayed (as a point of counter-culture against the "clean-shaven" business men and "official" men). For that time, in order to appear separate from that ungodly movement in society, I would grant that the anti-facial hair movement among independent Baptists was founded upon the ground of spiritual wisdom and even Biblical principle.
However, the hippy movement is now long dead as a strong societal movement; and facial hair upon a man no longer relates that man to that ungodly movement in society. So then, why have independent fundamental Baptists retained their anti-facial hair position? I believe that it is because they turned this application of spiritual wisdom and Biblical principle into an absolute standard of spirituality, founded upon the commandment of man. This then is my burden of sadness -- Where is the Biblical discernment concerning spiritual righteousness (as opposed to a man-made standard of supposed righteousness)?
(Note: Do I myself have facial hair? No, I remain clean shaven. My wife would prefer that have facial hair, but I cannot get past the itching stage.)
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 30 December 2014 - 10:17 AM
Brother Webb, (Did I get that right?)
Your question appears to be presented from the perspective that an individual can make a singular decision to "turn a matter over unto God," such that this singular decision will by its very nature have a continuous application without any reversal. If I am correct in my understanding of this perspective for your question, then I would contend that this perspective itself is false, and that by its nature it will lead to failure. Indeed, I would contend that in this matter there is no such singular decision that will retain a continuous application. Rather, I would contend that in this matter there is only a heart decision of faith that will require a continuous maintenance. I would contend that in such matters our hearts will be continually tempted unto doubt of our Lord by the inner thoughts of our selfish flesh, by the external observation of adverse circumstances, and by the discouraging voice of our spiritual adversary. Even so, maintaining a continual focus and walk of faith in our Lord will be required. Indeed, I would contend that this is the real difficulty in our heart character -- for we are quite weak in the continuance of faith and quite prone unto doubt of our Lord.
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 24 December 2014 - 02:45 PM
Posted by Pastor Scott Markle on 11 December 2014 - 02:13 PM