Corinth Baptist Church

819 South Main Street
New Ellenton, SC 29809

A Fellowship of Encouragement

A Note From the Pastor

“…Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people...”  – Amos 7:8[ESV]

 God, I live in a day when everything seems to be in a state of flux.  Change after change is occurring.  Normal differences between sexes have been obliterated.  Yesterday came the news that woman are now going to serve in combat arms.  Moral relativism and secular humanism are now the philosophical paradigm.  And such toxic philosophy is typically labeled “progressive.”  As a youngster I used to regard my dad’s thinking as archaic – not “up with the times.”  In retrospect he was a wise man – far wiser than me.  Thank You, O God, for giving me a wise father.  His views were vindicated and the principles that he lived by are principles that transcend the vanity and arrogance of the contemporary culture with its naïve attitude of being “enlightened.”

 Lord, I’m beginning to understand my Dad better because now I’m part of the “dinosaur class.”  I’m a walking “relic of the past” with antiquated ideas about moral absolutes.  More and more I feel like a stranger or alien in my country.  Of course, I am supposed to be an “alien” to this world [1 Peter 2:11] aren’t I?  I haven’t left my country.  My country has left me.  I am what the liberal intelligentsia calls a “bitter clinger” because I clutch to the ideals of the past and the principles upon which my country was founded. 

 Even in the churches of my homeland I see biblical values cast away.  No longer is God’s word authoritative.  It is re-interpreted and even re-translated to say what the secular-religious masses want it to say.  Gender-neutral versions and the gay translation entitled the “Queen James Version” are being published in order to conform You into the image of those who cannot stomach the moral prohibitions in Your word.

 Into this misty formless philosophical chaos I find You, O God, dropping a “plumb line in the midst of (Your) people” in a nation that was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles and it is obvious that we aren’t “true to plumb.”  We may have been “true to plumb” in construction, but now we have leaned far out of plumb.  We are indeed set for the plumb line used in demolition.  Everything that is not “true to plumb” faces Your destruction.  Already I’m seeing the evidence of Your judgment as I read Romans 1:18-32.  Our society’s deterioration toward extinction is playing out just as it has played out in other once-great civilizations.  This “fool on the hill sees the world spinning around.”  This dinosaur has seen life come full circle and I am pathetically despondent about it.  I can truly relate to the words of Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1:9-11.

 What is this old man to do as he lives in the ruins of a society ravaged by a moral earthquake of which it is unaware?  Your answer, O God, is that I should continue to utilize the plumb line of Your word (the Holy Scripture – full of Your divine wisdom and truth) to test the straightness of the edifice of arrogant newness being promulgated today by the so-called “enlightened.”  I must not waiver in my allegiance to You and the precepts of the Bible.  I must submit myself daily to the plumb line of Your word and Your Holy Spirit lest I backslide into a life that is not “true to plumb.”  Such a life is not a convincing testimony to either Your holiness or love.

Prayer:  Lord, I fear to ask this but set Your plumb line in my life right now.  As I submit to your examination I see crookedness in my wall.  I see a crookedness caused by the shifting sands of compromise.  I see a crookedness brought about by lethargy.  I see white washed walls of hypocrisy buttressed not with granite but hay and stubble.  They will not stand Your test.  God, help me to rebuild my Christian life true to plumb.  I’m reminded of 1 Corinthians 4:14 – “If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.”  God, keep me mindful of the eternal and not seduced by temporal fads culturally or religiously that will soon pass away.  Through Your Holy Spirit, grant that I build with eternal building blocks that do not decay.  Grant that what I build for Your kingdom survives such that I have a reward from You.  Amen.