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 and until recently was pastor of a church plant known as "Particular Baptist Fellowship." He and his wife Brenda presently attend Zion Baptist Church at Polkville, Mississippi, pastored by Elder Glen Hopkins. The pulpit ministry of Zion Baptist Church can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hath God Said

(Article for publication week of 10-7-2009 AD)

"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, 'Yea hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?' " (Genesis 3:1). Satan has been attacking the veracity of God and His word since the very beginning. His strategy in bringing down Man in the Fall was to raise doubts concerning the word of God. Be sure every scheme to get you to doubt the word of God is devilish.

One of the devil's schemes to get men to doubt the scriptures is to raise questions concerning their inspiration. One question that has been raised by unbelievers is, "if every word of scripture is inspired of God, how do you account for the different styles of the various human writers? Why are Paul's epistles written in a different style than those of Peter's?" Of course the answer is very simple. As the Holy Ghost "moved" (II Peter 1:21) the human writers of scripture, He inspired them in the style which was uniquely theirs. When the human writers of scripture were being moved by the Holy Spirit, the words which came into their minds were words with which they were accustomed and in a style with which they were accustomed. That was no hard thing for God Who is omnipotent. The God Who created the universe in six days and ordained all things for His Own Glory certainly had no difficulty in moving His chosen vessels to write in the style that was theirs. God created each of those men and endowed them with their own gifts.

Another question opposed by unbelievers has been, "if God inspired Moses to write the first five books of the Bible, how do we have the account of Moses' death and burial in the last chapter of Deuteronomy?" This is equally simple to answer. No doubt the Holy Spirit inspired Moses to write the account of his own death and burial before his death. This was no difficult thing for God Who is omniscient. God did not have to wait for Moses to die to know the details, for they were all known of Him from eternity.

Another question that unbelievers have raised is," well, if the scriptures are the inspired word of God, how do you account for historical " errors". The answer of course is that there are no historical errors in the Bible. For example, unbelievers used to say that there had never been a people known as the Hittites as the Bible records. However recent archaeology has proven that there were indeed a people known as Hittites just as the Bible says. So the unbelievers had to shut up about that. And that is true of many other supposed "errors" in the scripture. Any question that unbelievers raise regarding the veracity of the scriptures will be answered in due time. I would say to you who are Christians, if anyone ever tries to get you to doubt any part of God's word with some supposed error, just tell them that you may not have all the answers today, but God will prove His word to be truthful and the truth will finally come out.

What it all boils down to is this: you either believe God or you don't. You are either a Christian or you are not. If you do not believe all of God's word, you are not saved, and you are not a Christian. One sure way to go to hell is to start questioning God. Beware of anyone who raises questions regarding the scriptures. Thank God for His inerrant, verbally inspired Bible.

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