Sermon # 421 Leviticus
Shall be Perfect to be Accepted”
Text: Leviticus 22:21
Subject: God’s Requirement of Perfection
How many times
have you heard someone use this statement to justify their behavior—“Well,
nobody’s perfect”? How many times have you used it yourself? Of course the
statement is true. None of us are perfect. What an understatement! We are all
sinners. – Sinners by birth! – Sinners by nature! – Sinners by choice! –
Sinners by practice! – Sinners at heart! In the very core of our being we are
sin, nothing but sin, a constant, growing mass of iniquity, transgressors in
all things and at all times (1 John 1:8-10). The Bible does not only tell us
that we make mistakes, that we are less that perfect, and that we have sinned.
The Word of God declares, and (if any honesty can be found in us) we must
acknowledge, that we are sin, and that there is never a time when we are not
sinning. So long as we live in this body of flesh, we sin and we are an ugly, hideous mass of sin.
1:8-10) "If we say that we have no
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we
make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
That being the
case, our text this morning ought to rivet us to our seats and rivet our ears
to what God has to say to us. You will find my text in Leviticus 22:21.
"And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the
LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it
shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein."
During the days of legal ordinances, under the ceremonial law, the
children of Israel were taught to exercise great care in coming to the house of
God. The law and the sacrifices and ceremonials associated with divine worship
were meticulous, and designed to inspire reverence for the holy Lord God, while
reminding the worshipper of his sin and pointing him to Christ as his only,
all-sufficient hope before God. No religious games!—No religious
entertainment!—God demanded the most solemn reverence.
Nothing was to be done thoughtlessly. In every detail the Lord God
showed himself to be God and declared, “I
the Lord thy God am a jealous
God.” He said, “I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me.”
“Profane not my holy name.”
The glorious perfections of the infinite, thrice holy God demand
reverence. No Israelite could come to the God’s altar aright who did not
carefully consider what he was doing and how it was to be done. No doubt, much
fear was involved in the worship of those ancients.—The Fear of Carelessly
Omitting Something.—The Fear of Bringing An Unacceptable Sacrifice.—The Fear of
Intruding Where He was Not Permitting.—The Fear of Putting His Hand Where He
was Forbidden. If he would worship God, he must exercise great care. Of every
ceremony and every sacrifice, of every act and every work, it is written, “It
must be perfect to be accepted.” That was the law, and God would not budge
Proposition: The holy, perfect Lord God cannot and
will not accept anything less than absolute perfection.
This is no easy lesson to learn; but learn it we must. I fear that
in our worship we are usually terribly thoughtless. How careless, how
indifferent, how half-hearted we are!
In Singing God’s Praise!
In Reading and Hearing The Word of God!
In Seeking God’s Presence, God’s Power, and God’s Blessing!
In Our Dress! – “Where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them.”—“Ye are the temple of the living
God.”—“An Habitation of God through the Spirit”—“The Spirit of
God dwelleth in you!”
The glory of God, his grace toward us, and love for him ought to
make us whole-hearted in worship. When we come to this place, when we gather
here with God’s saints, in the presence of God, we ought to behave ourselves as
men and women in the immediate presence of Jehovah. We ought to strive with the
utmost watchfulness of holy care to honor God or Savior. Our God requires and
deserves our best (Mal. 1:1-14).
The priest who stood for the people before God (representing
Christ) must be himself in bodily presence the perfection of manhood (“No
Blemish”). When old age crept upon him, he must give place to one who
showed no such sign of decay. His garments must be perfectly white and clean in
his daily service. On the Day of Atonement, for glory and beauty he appeared in
all the glory and radiance that the purest gold and the most precious stones
could put upon him.
The sacrifices that were offered (representing the Lamb of God)
must be without blemish (“No Blemish”—Not a Stranger’s [v. 25]—An
Uncastrated, Whole Male [v. 28]). How often we have seen this in the Book of
Leviticus! Every sacrifice offered to God for atonement had to be rigidly
examined before its blood was spilt.—“It must be perfect to be accepted.”
Under the law the guilt of sin and the need of atonement were
constantly before the eye. If you stepped within the holy place, everywhere you
saw the marks of blood. If a man went into the tabernacle he would see the
floor, and the curtain, and the altar, and every piece of furniture stained
with the blood of slaughtered lambs, and calves, and doves. Blood was poured by
bowlfuls on the floor, and sprinkled on almost every holy thing. Everywhere you
looked, you would be compelled to read and hear the Word of God—“Without
shedding of blood there is no remission!”
There can be no approach to a thrice-holy God without the
remission of sin, and that remission of sin must be obtained through the
atoning blood. The Israelite, if he thought about what he was doing and what he
observed, must have been keenly aware that he worshipped a God who is terrible
in holiness, a God who hates and must punish sin, and a God who will by no
means spare the guilty, or pardon man without atonement. As he observed the
unblemished sacrifice, with its blood gushing from its slit throat, he could
not help hearing God speak from heaven, “It shall be perfect to be accepted.”
He saw in the necessity for a perfect sacrifice a declaration of
the holiness of God. He must have felt that his sin was no trifling matter. —
God required the blood of a perfect sacrifice before it could be removed and
forgiven. A life had to be sacrificed. Blood had to be shed. The life and the
blood had to come from a perfect, unblemished victim.
God’s holy law was constantly ringing in the ears of his people in
those days, declaring incessantly, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die!”
Showed him his sin.
Exposed his guilt.
Condemned him for sin.
The sacrifice showed him a door of hope, but hope altogether
outside himself, for “it shall be perfect to be accepted.”
Yes, we preach the law. It is holy, just and good. We do not
preach the law as a rule of bondage. We preach the law as God intended it, to
shut sinners up to Christ. I pray that God the Holy Spirit will lay his holy
law, like an axe, at the root of all our self-righteousness and cut it down. I
pray that he will make the law a mirror to us and make us see ourselves in it
as we really are, exposing all our warts, and spots, and blemishes, and all the
inward foulness of our hearts and souls. Then, and only then, will we be driven
outside ourselves to Christ for cleansing. God always…
Kills before he makes alive.
Wounds before he heals.
Makes us lost before he saves.
Shows us our foulness before he cleanses.
Strips us naked before he clothes us.
Makes us miserable before he comforts.
Abases before he exalts.
That is the purpose of our text; and that is the purpose of my
message. God says, “It shall be perfect to be accepted.” That unbending
declaration shuts you and me up to Christ altogether. As I wrap this message
up, may God now enable me to speak his Word to your heart. “It shall be
perfect to be accepted.” I want you to hear this word from God for the rest
of your life. When you rise in the morning and go to God in prayer, when you go
to work, or school, or go about your daily employment, when you come into your
home, when you bow with your family before the throne of God at your table,
when you lay down to sleep, when you come to the house of God to worship him,
when you leave to serve him, I want to hear him speaking these words to you—“It
shall be perfect to be accepted.”
I want grace and power from God the Holy Spirit to put my finger
right into your heart. I want to shoot this barbed arrow directly into every
heart here. I speak with utter plainness and simplicity because I want you to
hear me. If I had the ability to be an orator, I would deliberately refuse to
exercise it. I preach for the glory of God, not the applause of men. Your
immortal souls are at stake. Eternity is too important for the game of
eloquence. Eloquence, oratory, and rhetoric are as out of place in the pulpit
as blasphemy. Oh, how I wish that all who stand where I stand today would preach
the gospel of Christ and preach it with such coarse simplicity that no word
spoken could be missed!
Let me show you
two things, briefly, and I will be done.
I. First, The
holy, perfect Lord God will never accept anything or anyone that is not perfect.
He says, “It shall be perfect to be accepted.”
The Lord God would not have a blemished priest before his altar or
a blemished sacrifice on it. He demands perfection. “It shall be perfect to
21:21) "No man that hath a blemish
of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the
LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread
of his God."
22:20-21) "But whatsoever
hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable
for you. (21) And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto
the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or
sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish
Put this plummet to your wall and see how straight it is.—“It shall be perfect to be accepted.” That fact shuts out all those faulty offerings by which multitudes hope to
find acceptance with God. It totally nullifies any hope you have of attaining
acceptance with God by something in you or something done by you.
A. Salvation cannot be attained by good works, no matter how
good they appear to be.
For a work to be good the person performing it must be good. And
the Book says, “None is good but One and that is God.” Because we are
all corrupt, we are all without ability to do good. “There is none that
doeth good, no not one.”
(Job 8:20) Bildad
said, "Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither
will he help the evil doers."
9:1-3) "Then Job answered and
said, (2) I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just
with God? (3) If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a
(Job 9:20) "If I justify myself, mine own mouth
shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me
9:30-32) "If I wash myself with
snow water, and make my hands never so clean; (31) Yet shalt thou plunge
me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. (32) For he is not
a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come
together in judgment."
(Job 14:4) "Who can bring a clean thing out
of an unclean? not one."
(Job 15:12-16) Eliphaz
is speaking here. "Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do
thy eyes wink at, (13) That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and
lettest such words go out of thy mouth? (14) What is man,
that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should
be righteous? (15) Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the
heavens are not clean in his sight. (16) How much more abominable and
filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?"
(Job 25:4-6) Bildad
speaks. "How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that
is born of a woman? (5) Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not;
yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. (6) How much less man, that
is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?"
Let me show you something about the bed on which you are
resting and the covers in which you wrap yourself.
28:20) "For the bed is shorter
than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering
narrower than that he can wrap himself in it."
B. Your imaginary “good works” could no more commend you to
God, give you acceptance with him, and save your soul than adultery, rape, or
65:2-7) "I have spread out my
hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not
good, after their own thoughts; (3) A people that provoketh me to anger
continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon
altars of brick; (4) Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the
monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their
vessels; (5) Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am
holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all
the day. (6) Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep
silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, (7) Your
iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which
have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills:
therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom."
God will not accept the worship, service, or sacrifice of
any man who has any pollution of iniquity, and blemish of infirmity, or any
stain of sin upon him.
1:11-15) "To what purpose is the
multitude of your sacrifices
unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat
of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of
he goats. (12) (Worship)When
ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my
courts? (13) Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination
unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away
with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. (14) Your new
moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I
am weary to bear them. (15) And when ye spread forth your hands (In Prayer), I will hide mine
eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are
full of blood."
Do you hear what God says about the most devout services of
66:3) "He that killeth an ox is
as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a
dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's
blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have
chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations."
God demands perfection (vv. 16-17). “It
shall be perfect to be accepted.”
1:16-17) "Wash you, make you
clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do
evil; (17) Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge
the fatherless, plead for the widow."
That is what God demands, but I cannot do it. I cannot give it. “It
shall be perfect to be accepted.”
“It shall be perfect to be accepted.” It is not written,
“It shall have no great and grievous blemish;” but “There shall be no
blemish therein.” That is the standard, absolute perfection! God will not
budge from it. Let the plummet hang straight, and see whether you can build to
it. By this standard see the walls of that house you have built upon the sand
of your own works. It is but a bowing wall and a tottering fence, altogether
out of the perpendicular as tested by God’s uncompromising requirement. — “It
shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.”
Why do you continue to look for salvation by what you do? You
cannot be saved by your works (what you do, what you feel, what you experience,
what you know). Your nature at the very first is tainted! God’s Word assures
well that it is so. There is evil in your heart from the very beginning; so
that you are not perfect, and are not without blemish. This sad fact spoils all
at the very beginning. You are yourself blemished and imperfect. Who can bring
a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one. If the fountain is tainted, can the
streams be pure? Do you think it possible that you, who are a fallen man in
your very parentage, in whom there is a decided bias toward evil, can possibly
render perfect service unto the holy Lord God? Your hands are foul; how can
your work be clean? A sour tree cannot produce sweet fruit. Darkness cannot
produce light. Sin cannot produce righteousness. Death cannot bring forth life!
If we are (And we most assuredly are!) rotten at the core, how can your
thoughts, and words, and ways, be perfect? And yet all must be perfect to be
As for this poor excuse for a man who now preaches to you, I dare
not claim that the best deed I have ever done, or the most fervent prayer I
have ever prayed, could have been accepted in and of itself before God. I know
that I have no perfection in my best things, much less in my worst. My best
deed, my best prayer, my best preaching, my best thought, my best feeling, my
best emotion, my best love, my best faith, my best aspiration, my highest
devotion, my most costly sacrifice, my most useful service is utterly vile and
forbids my acceptance with God upon the basis of it! God says, “It shall be
perfect to be accepted. There shall be no blemish therein!” Do you hear
him? “It shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.”
must be bathed in the blood of Christ!
repentance needs to be repented of!
righteousness must be washed in Christ’s blood!
Are we without
hope? Is there no hope for a sinner? Oh, blessed be God there is good hope
through grace. There is no hope in ourselves; but there is hope such sinners in
Christ. That is the second thing I want you to see.
II. This word from God – “It shall be perfect to be
accepted.” – shuts us up
entirely to Christ.
Go back to the Book of Isaiah. After telling us how vile we are,
how utterly repulsive and helpless we are in ourselves before him who demands
perfection that we can never give, the Lord God bids us come to him for grace
and find perfection in his darling Son.
Has what I have said caused you to tremble before God? God says, “It
shall be perfect to be accepted.” If that doesn’t make you tremble, I don’t
know what will. But he also says this—“To this man will I look, even to him
that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my Word.”
(Isaiah 1:18-20) "Come now, and let us reason together,
saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (19) If ye be
willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: (20) But if ye
refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the
LORD hath spoken it."
(Isaiah 45:20-25) "Assemble yourselves and come; draw
near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge
that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot
save. (21) Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take
counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath
told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God
else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
(22) Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God,
and there is none else. (23) I have sworn by myself, the word is
gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto
me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (24) Surely, shall one
say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him
shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
(25) In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall
I call you now to come to Christ and find in him that perfection
that God requires, that holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. If I
had the tongues of men and of angels, I could never adequately tell you of him
who offered himself without spot unto God. He is absolutely perfect. There is
no blemish in him!
He is perfect in his nature as God and man. No stain defiled his
birth, no pollution touched his body or his soul. The prince of this world
himself, with keenest eyes, came and searched the Savior, but he found nothing
in him. “In all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” There
was not the possibility of sinning about the Savior, — no tendency that way, no
desire that way. Nothing that could be construed into evil ever came upon his
character. Our perfect sacrifice is without spot, or wrinkle, or any such
As he was perfect in his nature, so was he in his motive. What
brought him from above but love to God and man? You can find no trace of
ambition in Christ Jesus. In him there is no thought of self. No sinister or
sordid motive ever lingered in his breast, or even crossed his mind. He was
purity and holiness in the highest degree. Even his enemies have nothing to
allege against the purity of the motive of Jesus of Nazareth.
As his nature
was perfect, so was his spirit. He was never sinfully angry, nor harsh, nor
untrue, nor idle. The air of his soul was the atmosphere of heaven rather than
Look at his life of obedience, and see how perfect that was. Which
commandment did he ever break? Which duty of relationship did he ever forget?
He honored the law of God, and loved the souls of men. He gave the character of
God perfect reflection in his human life. You can see what God is as you see
what Christ is. He is perfect, even as his Father who is in heaven is perfect.
There is no redundance, or excess, or superfluity in his character. There is
nothing omitted in any point. Christ is perfect
Look at the perfection of his sacrifice.
(Infinite!—Meritorious!—Effectual!) He gave his body to be tortured, and his
mind to be crushed and broken, even unto the death-agony. He gave himself for
us a perfect sacrifice. All that the law could ask was in him. Stretch the
measure to its utmost length, and still Christ goes beyond, rather than falls
short of the measure of the requirements of justice. He has given to his Father
double for all our sins. He has given him suffering for sin committed, and yet
a perfect obedience to the law. The Lord God is well pleased with him. He rests
in the Son of his love. For Christ’s sake he smiles all the upon multitudes of
sinners who are in him and represented by him.
My heart rejoices as I think of Gethsemane, and Calvary, and of
him who by one offering hath perfectly sanctified all who put their trust in
him. He cried, “It is finished!” And finished it is forever! Our Lord
has presented a perfect sacrifice. “It shall be perfect to be accepted.”
And it is perfect. “There shall be no blemish therein!” And there is no
blemish in it. Glory be to God Most High, forever and ever!
Come with me now to God. Bring this perfect sacrifice to God. By
faith take it to be yours. You may. Christ belongs to every believer. If you
trust him, he is yours. Poor guilty soul, whether you have been a believer
fifty years, or ten years, ten seconds, if you believe on the Son of God, you
may now come with Christ in your hand, and say to the Father, “O my Lord, you
have given all that your law requires — a perfect sacrifice; there is no
blemish in it. Behold, I bring it unto you as my own!”
With that God is satisfied. What joy! God is satisfied! The Father
is well pleased! He has raised Christ from the dead, and set him at his own
right hand in the heavenly places in token of that satisfaction. Let us be
satisfied too. That which contents God may well content me. My soul, when your
eyes are full of tears because of sin and your heart is disturbed by countless
infirmities and imperfections, look away, look away from yourself “to the full
atonement made, to the utmost ransom paid.” Christ is perfect; and Christ is
accepted. His atonement is perfect; and his atonement is accepted. His
righteousness perfect; and his righteousness is accepted.—“”When I see the
Perfect And Accepted
Now, hang on to your seat. Christ has made us perfect in himself;
and in him we are accepted, “Accepted in the Beloved!” He was manifest
to take away our sins; and he has done it. He came here to bring in everlasting
righteousness for us; and he has done it. He came here to make us holy,
unblameable, unreproveable, and utterly without spot, or blemish, or wrinkle
before God—PERFECT! And he has done it!
(Ephesians 5:25-27) "Husbands, love your wives, even as
Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (27) That
he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle,
or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."
(Hebrews 10:10-14) "By the which will we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (11) And
every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same
sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (12) But this man, after he
had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
(13) From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
(14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are
(Jude 1:24-25) "Now unto him that is able to keep you
from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his
glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory
and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen."
When the Israelite sprinkled the blood on the lintel and the two
side-posts. Then he shut the door. He was inside. He could not see the blood
any more. The blood was outside upon the posts. He could not see it. Was he
safe? Oh, yes. God said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
It is God’s sight of the blood of his dear Son that is the
everlasting safeguard of all who are in Christ. It is precious and sweet beyond
expression to me to look at that blood once shed for many for the remission of
sins. I look upon it with delight. Yet, if ever there should come a dark night
to me in which I cannot see it, God still sees it; and all is well. I am safe.
I am saved, because it is written, not “when you see it,” but “when I see
the blood I will pass over you.” It is the perfection of the sacrifice, not
our perfection of sight, which is our safeguard. It is the absence of all
blemish from the sacrifice — not the absence of blemish from our faith — that
makes you to be “accepted in the Beloved.”
great or small, Nothing, sinner, no;
Jesus did it,
did it all, Long, long ago!
When He, from
His lofty throne, Stooped to do and die,
fully done. Hearken to His cry: -
is finished!” Yes, indeed, Finished every jot:
Sinner, this is
all you need. Tell me, Is it not?
plodding one, Why toil you so?
doing, all was done, Long, long ago!
Till to Jesus’
work you cling, By a simple faith,
Doing is a deadly
thing. Doing ends in death.
Cast your deadly
doing down, Down at Jesus’ feet!
Stand in Him, in
Him lone, Gloriously complete!”
God will never
accept anything any sinner does for him until he is accepted by the merits of a
perfect, unblemished sacrifice. But once he has accepted us, by the perfect,
unblemished sacrifice, he accepts even our blind, maimed, broken, scurvy,
scabbed, superfluous, lacking sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving as
sacrifices holy and well-pleasing to him (Lev. 22:21-23; 1 Pet. 2:5).
(Leviticus 22:21-23) "And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of
peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill
offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be
no blemish therein. (22) Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen,
or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the LORD, nor make an
offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the LORD. (23) Either a bullock
or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest
thou offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be
(1 Peter 2:5) "Ye also, as lively stones, are built
up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."
Illustration: Rowland Hill’s
Bless the Lord,
O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name! Now, in Christ, the
Lord God looks upon this old sinner, Don Fortner, seeing what no mortal can
see; and in the day of judgment he shall truthfully declare of me what he did
of Job, that which no mortal can see—“He is a man that is perfect and upright,
who holdeth his integrity, and sinneth not!”
 I will not even mention the
froth, foam, and frivolity that is common in this day of religious profanity.
Date: Danville (AM 09/15/02)—Grace
Baptist, Taylor, AR (09/21/02)—Wichita Falls, TX (09/24/02)—
Tape # X-21b
Reading: Colossians 1:3, 10-28 and Malachi 1:1-14