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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thy Faith Hath Saved Thee

(Article for publication week of 7-31- AD 2014)
"And he said unto the woman, ' thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace' " (Luke 7:50). (The reader is encouraged to read Luke 7:36-50 for the whole account.)
Here we have a notable example of saving faith. Here was woman who was a great sinner, but she came into saving contact with the Great Saviour! She loved the Saviour much, for she was forgiven much.
The thing I want you to see is that this woman who received forgiveness of sins did not utter a word. She didn't repeat a prayer. She simply stooped and washed the Saviour's feet and wiped them with the hairs of her head. She apparently felt her guilt so much that she would not even face the Dear Saviour, but stood behind him weeping. But the Lord declared her sins were forgiven and told her to go in peace.
We see in this lesson that saving faith is always accompanied by a great sense of one's guilt before God. Simon the Pharisee, in whose house this event took place, did not feel himself to be a sinner. And so our Lord exposed him with a parable of a certain creditor who frankly forgave two creditors. One owed a very small debt, the other a very large one. Jesus then asked the Pharisee which of these debtors would love his creditor most. The obvious answer is the one who was forgiven most. So the Pharisee was exposed as one who did not see that he owed God a great debt. If he considered himself a sinner at all, he still deemed himself a pretty good person. However, this woman who anointed the Saviour's head with ointment and stooped to wash his feet with her tears and wipe them with the hairs of her head knew her sins were many. And so it is with every child of grace. Every child of God is brought to the place that he sees himself as the worst of sinners. Dear Reader, do you see yourself as a fifty pence sinner, or a five hundred pence sinner? Mark it well, if you still think yourself to be a pretty good person, you're are not even a candidate for salvation, much less in possession of salvation. But to you who can put yourself in this poor woman's place as a great sinner, there is hope for you in the Great Saviour.
Now let me give a cordial to the broken-hearted sinner who feels himself too sinful for Christ to save and too ignorant to know what to say in prayer to the Saviour. Note again that this dear saint did not say a word. She simply lay at the Saviour's feet weeping and mourning her lost condition. There is no account in the scriptures of any prescribed prayer that sinner must say to receive forgiveness of sins. Nor has the Lord authorised the church to invent one. But you may believe in the dear Saviour today by simply lying at His feet weeping and waiting for that precious announcement from the Lord Himself, "thy sins are forgiven, go in peace." Heed not those false prophets who claim they can grant you forgiveness of sins, but go to the Saviour in faith and wait for Him to pronounce your sins absolved. I pray that some poor weeping sinner may find that precious peace today.

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