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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


The kind of perspective on “faith” that says "I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, I go to church, and faith is important." and this is certainly the prevailing opinion of our day not just among politicians, but really among Americans in general. Statistics reveal that the a hugh majority of Americans acknowledge having some kind of “faith”a belief in a Supreme Being. Many will even go as far as saying that they believe in the God of the Bible, or in the Jesus of New Testament. I’m sure you know individuals either family members or co-workers or neighbors across the street who have that kind of simplified, watered-down, simplistic approach to faith. Our world at large says that as long as you believe in God, in Jesus, and “have faith” that is enough for God, and that is enough to get you to heaven when you die.

With out question the Bible does make “faith” an important pre-requisite for salvation, and coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ. But sadly, far too many people today are subtracting from faith, reducing it, watering it down and making it less than what the Bible says it is and must be in order for a person to be genuinely right with God. I have spent a number of weeks in I Thessalonians chapter one on this subject. What does a Christ Christian look like?

WHEN someone has sat under the powerful, Holy Spirit anointed, convicting preaching/teaching of the true Gospel, and they really understood it and come to them in the energy of the Spirit of God, that is a good indication that they were dealing with the reality of salvation. I Thessalonian l give us how election of the elect come to be.

When the testimony of people about their "faith" is heard, you must understand from what point of view they are coming from.

The purpose of the above people are not to bring judgment upon their faith, I like the photos.
In 1 Cor. 15:3-4, the Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians of the truth about this "faith" we need to have in Christ.
We need to remind ourselves, and exhort others around us that genuine saving faith must include a knowledge of truth, a legitimate understanding of the real, biblical gospel, the content of the Scriptures which explain the sinless life, substitutionary death, and bodily burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for us.