November 19, 2021 - Page 20

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20 SWORD OF THE LORD November 19 , 2021
How … Child of God
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could make yourself a Christian ? You have no more power to make yourself a Christian than I have to make myself the president of the United States .
If I should go into politics , no matter how favorably the people might look upon me nor how able I might be , I could never become president of the United States be - cause I was born on the other side of the line . I was born in Toronto , Canada ; and the Constitution of the United States says that no man can be president who was not born in this country .
I might make up my mind to become a politician and do my best to ingratiate myself with the people ; but I never could become president of the United States be - cause , although I am a naturalized citizen , I was born an alien .
No man can ever become a child of God by making up his mind to be a Christian . You have to be born a child of God and it is too late to be born that way the first time ; but thank God , you can be born again .
III . Not of Man
In the third place , we read , “ Which were born , not of blood , nor of the will of the flesh , nor of the will of man .”
From the humblest clergyman up to the pope of Rome ; or if you want to turn it around the other way , from the pope up to a Protestant parson , there is no man on earth so holy and so closely in touch with God that he can make a Christian of you by anything he can do for you .
He might baptize you , confirm you , recommend that you be re - ceived into church membership ; but he could not make a Christian of you by voting you into the membership of the church . If you came in without being born again , you would be just a poor lost sinner with a false profession .
Some years ago a mighty man of God , Henry Varley , was in Cali - fornia . He said to me , “ I want you to come downstairs with me . They are going to have a church meeting and they have some applicants for membership . I would like to see how careful they are about receiving people .”
There were four candidates for membership . The minister said , “ We are glad to have our brethren
Dr . and Mrs . Howard Hall here to apply for membership in this church and we want them to give us a word ; then they will be voted on .”
The first man stood to his feet and said something like this : “ My friends , you all know me . My father and mother have been members of this church for years . I have often felt I should join the church ; so I made up my mind that if you would accept me , I would like to feel that I am a member of the church of my parents .”
A gentleman spoke up and said , “ May I ask the young man a ques - tion ?”
The minister said , “ Well , if it is a proper one , you may .”
“ I would like to ask if you have ever been born again .”
The minister jumped to his feet and said , “ I object . I do not want our brother to attempt to answer that question . That is downright impertinence ; that matter is entirely between the individual and his God .”
So they voted him in , but I re - membered that my Bible said , “ Not of blood .”
The second young man stood to his feet and spoke somewhat as follows : “ Well , friends , you know me . I haven ’ t always been what I

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288 Flournoy Lucas Road Shreveport , Louisiana 71106
318 – 686 – 5538 sbtla . org ought to be , but last New Year I made up my mind to turn over a new leaf and try to do better . I think it would help me to join the church , so I have applied for mem - bership .” And they voted him in .
My friend had found it did not pay to ask questions , so he did not try it again . I remembered then that my Bible said , “ Nor of the will of the flesh .”
The third young man arose and with choice English accent said , “ You know , my friends , I haven ’ t been in the habit of attending a church of this nomenclature . Over in England I attended the state church . When I was a little child , I was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury . But since coming to America , I have enjoyed coming down here and I thought I would like to join with you .” So they voted him in .
But I remembered again that my Bible said , “ Nor of the will of man .”
There were the three of them . One of them thought he was a Christian because his parents were ; the second , because he had turned over a new leaf ; the third , because he had been baptized by a great church dignitary .
There was one other man sitting there , older than these others ; and I could see the marks which sin had left upon his brow . When he was introduced , he spoke with great fervency .
“ My friends , I do not need to say very much ; you know my story . My dear wife and children have been members with you here for a number of years . You know what a life I have led . I have been a drunkard , a poor sinner . I alienated my wife and children from me so that they had to leave me . I was going down , down , down in my sins and it seemed there was no power to stop me .
“ About six months ago , I made up my mind there was no help for me and started down Market Street toward the waterfront , intending to jump in and end it all . But as I got to Seventh and Market , the Salvation Army were having an open air meeting . I went over and they were singing of the cleansing power of the blood of Christ .”
Oh ! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow ; No other fount I know ,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus .
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