About the Author

Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace.

When he was a small boy, his father was converted to Christ and became a member of a Missionary Baptist Church. Thomas Ray joined the church of his father when he was 13 years old, and thought of himself as a Christian. The doctrines of grace that he had heard as a child continued to be precious to him and when he became an adult, he joined a Primitive Baptist Church. When he was 27, Thomas Ray made his first effort to preach the gospel in public and was ordained to the full functions of the ministry in 1985. In 1986 he was convinced under the preaching of Rolfe Barnard (by tapes from Mt. Olive Tape Library), the written sermons of Spurgeon, and the ministry of Elder Zack Guess that he had been a false professor and cried out in agony of soul to the Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy and truly save him. And He did! Floyd then began to preach the gospel as he had been taught of the Lord.

Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. He and his wife, Brenda, and their youngest son, Daniel, live near Mendenhall , Mississippi where he serves as Pastor of Particular Baptist Fellowship. Particular Baptist Fellowship holds to the 2nd London Confession of Faith. The pulpit ministry of Particular Baptist Fellowship can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Why Call Ye Me Lord?

(Article for publication week of 4-3- AD 2014)
"And why call ye me 'Lord, Lord', and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).
It is obvious from this searching question of our Lord that there is more to receiving Christ as Lord than a mere profession. Our Lord warned us in Matthew 7:21-23 that many who call Him Lord will finally be sent to everlasting hell. To receive Christ as Lord is to acknowledge Him as Lord, confess that He is Lord, submit to Him as Lord, and obey Him as Lord. Dear readers, the only people who are truly saved are those who are obedient to Christ. Faith in Christ is necessarily accompanied by obedience to Christ.
Note well, no man is saved by his obedience, but none are saved apart from it. A true believer imperfectly obeys Christ, yet he sincerely and consistently obeys Christ. As dear Isaac Watts expressed it one of his hymns, "The best obedience of my hands, dares not appear before Thy throne." Salvation is all of God's sovereign grace, and not by man's efforts in any sense, yet the grace of God teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12). God works both to will and to do of His good pleasure in those to whom He gives saving faith. George Keith was blessed to express this Biblical truth in one of his fine hymns like this, " 'Twas all of Thy grace we were brought to obey, While others were suffered to go, The road which by nature we chose as our way, Which leads to the regions of woe"! Or as Phillip Doddridge expressed it in the hymn "Grace' Tis a Charming Sound" (my great grandfather, Martin Luther Shows' favourite hymn), "Grace led my roving feet to tread the heavenly road, And new supplies each hour I find, While pressing on to God"!
Now the things that Christ has said are those things that He has given in His Word, His Father's will (Matthew 7:21). Here is the essence of receiving Christ as Lord for salvation- submitting yourself entirely to the word of God. If you are truly saved there is only one thing that matters at the end of the day, "what saith the scriptures?" I am continually amazed at those who claim to be saved who live their lives without any apparent concern for what the Bible says. A few years ago there was a fad going around of people wearing jewelry, etc with "WWJD" (what would Jesus do?). Friend, the Lord has not left us without the answer to that question. We know what Jesus would do by reading in His word what He actually did. He obeyed the scriptures! Christ obeyed the law of God, the scriptures to a jot and a tittle, and His obedience is imputed to all His elect for their eternal justification. The believer in Christ knows well that he cannot perfectly obey the word of God. He trusts in Christ's obedience for his whole and sole righteousness. But he also  regards the precepts of Christ in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as his rule of life. The precepts of Christ in His word are the laws of an all-wise and all-good King and His subjects must be seeking to submit to them and obey them. Your imperfect obedience cannot save you, but  it is the indispensable evidence that you are saved. Why call ye Christ your Lord if you are not doing what He said?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Christ, Your Potentate

(Article for publication week of 3-27- AD 2014)
"Which in His times He shall shew, Who is the Blessed and Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of Lords; " (I Timothy 6:15).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Absolute Monarch of the universe. He is the "Kurios." He governs everything and everybody. He raises up kings, and by Him they rule, and to Him they must give account, along with every other man. The government of Christ is an absolute Monarchy, not a "democracy" (the most despicable form of government devised by men). Christ the King shall soon return to judge all His subjects, and deal with them according to their works. The relationship of all men to Christ is the relationship of subject and King, not a relationship of equality.
Now dear reader, I ask you, "what is your response to the rule of Christ?" If you are saved you are thrilled about that. Those who have been saved by grace love their Monarch and want to serve Him. They love Him Personally, and they love His laws that are given in the Bible. The relationship of a saved man to Christ, is that of a loyal subject.
Unsaved men are also Christ's subjects, though rebellious ones. When the King comes He will deal justly with all His subjects. He will say to His loyal subjects who love Him and His laws, "enter into the kingdom prepared for you from before the foundation of the world", and "enter into the joy of thy Lord." To His rebellious subjects He will say, "depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I never knew you"! He will command that the unprofitable servants be bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth forever and ever (I shudder to write it!).
Here is what it means to receive Christ by faith. It means to repent of your rebellion against your rightful King, and sue for mercy (for He is a good King who delights in mercy). To receive Christ by faith to the saving of the soul is to bow to Him as your only Potentate. To receive Christ by faith is to submit to His rule and to obey His laws. The sinner who receives Christ by faith loves the Lord Jesus and sees in Him the perfections of God (for He is God). When it comes down to it there are just two kinds of people- those who love Christ and His Monarchy, and those who do not.
Dear readers, the King is coming! Those of you who are saved are looking forward to it. We are looking forward to the Great Day when our Lord will vindicate Himself and show Who the real King is. We look forward to the day when all tyranny shall be put down. We look forward to the day when our King shall trample all His enemies under His Holy feet. Believer, do not be cast down by the temporary setbacks we see around us. We are on the winning side!
I close my article this week with a summons from my King and yours to lay down your arms of rebellion against the only Potentate and sue for mercy. Those of you who will not receive the Lord Jesus Christ are making a serious and eternal mistake. You are on the losing side! Though the world and the devil seem to be winning sometime, they most certainly are not! You better come to the King now and bow down to Him and submit to His rule. You will have to eventually either way. If you refuse to bow now as a loving and loyal subject, you must do as so as a conquered rebel when the King comes. May the Holy Spirit graciously draw you to the King and Saviour.