The folowing is an absolutely ridiculous email reply to this month's newsletter. Don't forget, Entire Sanctification is what is really necessary! I am so glad my grandfather didn't believe the following stupidity!
> Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 11:25 AM
> Thank you for the message "Christ the
> Only Way. . . ."
> A major sine qua non aspect of holiness under "Christ the
> Only Way" is to live exactly as He commanded to do, whereby
> ALL His followers “had all things in common”
> redistributing the wealth according to need, i.e., "as every
> man had need," Acts 2:44-45, NONE were saying “aught”
> “was his own,” Acts 4:32, 34-35.
> They "sold" their income-producing "lands or houses,"
> donating the proceeds to the Church, i.e., "at the apostles'
> feet," thereby abolishing poverty, Acts
> 4:34. They knew this is how to obey the
> Matthew 25:35-40 criteria for salvation. They knew Christ's
> position in favor of income equality, Matthew 20:1-15, and
> that the rich cannot be saved, Matthew
> 5:3, Matthew
> 19:16-24, Mark
> 10:17-25, Luke 1:53, Luke
> 6:20 and 24-25, Luke
> 12:16-21, Luke 16:13-15,
> 19-31, Luke
> 18:18-25, James 2:5,
> 15-16, James 5:1-6.
> These Christians followed "Christ the Only Way" by all
> “speaking the same thing,” “joined together in the
> same mind and the same judgment,” 1 Cor. 1:10, all “in
> unity,” Psalm 133:1.
> This was pursuant to Christ's personal example, Philippians
> 2:6-8, giving up everything, and His command, "Every one of
> you who does not renounce all he has cannot be my disciple"
> (Luke 14:33, Mark 10:21, Luke 18:22). Mark 10:21, Luke
> 18:22, Christ had spoken to "the rich young man."
> The First Century Church knew this directive applied to
> everyone, that this was a general commandment / principle
> mandatory for all people desirous of salvation, Luke 14:33,
> thus had been obeyed by the poor widow who gave all she had,
> Mark 12:42-44 and Luke 21:2-4, and the widow who had given
> essentially all her food to Elijah, 1 Kings 17:9-12, Luke
> Christ additionally commanded His church, "to teach [the
> members] to observe all things whatsover that I commanded
> you," Matthew 28:20]. His Church, the one
> and only, obeys this. All other churches that do not,
> neither practicing nor at least preaching His "Only Way" in
> this regard, are not His followers. That are the 2
> Corinthians 11:13-15 church.
> That's real "radical holiness," words from the closing
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Billy Joe Parker <parker30183@...>
> >Sent: Dec 21, 2011 5:13 PM
> >To: "Leroy J. Pletten" <lpletten@...>,
> Jim Hedges <prohibitionists@...>,
> Don Webb <donwebb1@...>,
> June Griffin <jb21@...>,
> Lee Kennicutt <lutherleekennicutt@...>,
> Russell Hallock <rhallock@...>,
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> Barry Alphonso <alphonso.barry@...>,
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> Keith Sanders <dksande@...>,
> Rusty Walton <rustymfh@...>,
> Richard Swift <swiftyone2002@...>,
> Carris <kochercj@...>
> >Subject: Fw: From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
> "Christ the Only Way" Proverbs 16:25 December 2011
> ... From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
> December 2011
> >> An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift,
> publishing the sermons
> >> of Rev. Reed A. Swift (1899-1973), a holiness
> >> This "From the Pulpit of Holiness Preacher"
> newsletter is the 40th I've
> >> sent out
> >> since March of '06. This is the 38th I've typed of
> my grandfather's
> >> sermons.
> >> There are 97 more sermons not including the "Class
> Meeting Materials" in
> >> one old
> >> envelope and "Funeral Material" (several sermons)
> in a very torn envelope.
> >> Of
> >> those 97, 5 cannot be used. Two of them are
> missionary sermons with very
> >> limited
> >> relevancy. One is too faded to read. Two are
> basically abridgements of a
> >> couple
> >> sermons. This makes 92 more sermons that can be
> used. Doing one per month,
> >> it
> >> will take me until August of 2019 to finish!
> >> The following sermon was preached in the Free
> Methodist Churches of Yale,
> >> Buel,
> >> Ball Circuit, Michigan; Caro, Michigan; Glendale,
> California; W.
> >> Hollywood,
> >> California; Phoenix, Arizona; Pomona, California;
> and Mira Loma,
> >> California. It
> >> was also preached twice in the Bible Missionary
> Church of Cucamonga,
> >> California
> >> (the last date of Nov.12, '61).
> Christ, the Only Way
> >> Text: Proverbs 16:25 "There is a way that seemeth
> right unto man, but the
> >> ends
> >> thereof are the ways of death."
> >> 1. Besetting sin? Pride, Jealousy, Lust, Greed?
> the sin of your
> >> constitution or
> >> trade? But sin in any form is a reproach to any
> people. Ends in death!
> >> 2. False view of religion: "All roads lead to
> heaven." Sincere but wrong!
> >> 3. Imperfect repentance: Believe with no witness
> or assurance
> >> 4. False Faith: Walking back of light. The way of
> the transgressor is
> >> hard.
> >> Repent! We may walk back of light and gain worldly
> fame, but "a man's life
> >> consisteth not in the abundance of things he
> possesseth" (Luke 12:15). "If
> >> thou
> >> wilt enter eternal life, keep the commandments of
> God." (Matthew 19:17)
> >> "Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world."
> In us and outside of us!
> >> Praise God! Jesus said, "Marvel not that I say
> unto you, ye must be born
> >> again."
> >> Made new creatures. New desires, appetites,
> aspirations, rather than to
> >> look,
> >> talk, or act like the world. I don't want a
> trinket that belongs to satan.
> >> In
> >> these days of powerless Christianity, let us
> search our hearts and see if
> >> there
> >> be any wicked way of the world in us.
> >> "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and
> precious promises: that by
> >> these
> >> ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having
> escaped the corruption
> >> that
> >> is in the world through lust." (2nd Peter 1:4)
> >> When children 5 years old can pray through, and
> know God, and have peace
> >> come
> >> into their hearts, it would seem that older
> people, and even those in
> >> their 2nd
> >> childhood ought to know Him and keep peace in
> their souls. Doesn't it?
> >> Oh God send us a revival! Why did the Methodists
> have revivals? Why did we
> >> used
> >> to have revivals? Because we were a Spirit filled,
> witnessing people.
> >> Ephesians
> >> 5:22-25,29 "That ye put off concerning the former
> conversation the old
> >> man,
> >> which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
> 23And be renewed in the
> >> spirit of your mind; 24And that ye put on the new
> man, which after God is
> >> created in righteousness and true holiness.
> 25Wherefore putting away
> >> lying,
> >> speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we
> are members one of
> >> another...29Let no corrupt communication proceed
> out of your mouth, but
> >> that
> >> which is good to the use of edifying, that it may
> minister grace unto the
> >> hearers."
> >> When Charles G. Finney preached in Philadelphia,
> rough lumberjacks were
> >> floating
> >> their logs down the Delaware River. Three men went
> to hear Finney and were
> >> fully
> >> converted. Then they went back and told of finding
> Jesus as their Saviour,
> >> and
> >> 5000 people were converted without a preacher.
> They had never heard a
> >> preacher.
> >> Some [preachers] were sent to them later.
> Colossians 3:8-10 "But now ye
> >> also put
> >> off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
> filthy communication out
> >> of your
> >> mouth. 9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye
> have put off the old man
> >> with his
> >> deeds; 10And have put on the new man, which is
> renewed in knowledge after
> >> the
> >> image of him that created him:"
> >> Salvation is a radical changing of the heart,
> transforming of the life,
> >> and an
> >> imparting of Christ-likeness into us. A church or
> individual must have it
> >> to win
> >> others. A good example is found in Acts 4:13;
> 5:41,42. 4:13- "Now when
> >> they saw
> >> the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that
> they were unlearned and
> >> ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took
> knowledge of them, that they
> >> had
> >> been with Jesus."
> >> 5:41,42- "41And they departed from the presence of
> the council, rejoicing
> >> that
> >> they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his
> name. 42And daily in the
> >> temple, and in every house, they ceased not to
> teach and preach Jesus
> >> Christ.
> >> Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the
> life." Acts 4:12- "Neither
> >> is
> >> there salvation in any other: for there is none
> other name under heaven
> >> given
> >> among men, whereby we must be saved." The way is
> straight and narrow, and
> >> difficult with crosses and temptations, but, "He
> giveth more grace."
> >> The Path of the Just:
> >> 1. Keep your eyes on the Way. "Remember Lot's
> >> 2. Hands and feet in His way of salvation.
> Colssians 2:20-22- "20Wherefore
> >> if ye
> >> be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the
> world, why, as though living
> >> in
> >> the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21(Touch
> not; taste not; handle
> >> not;
> >> 22Which all are to perish with the using;) after
> the commandments and
> >> doctrines
> >> of men?"
> >> Walk not in the way of the world. don't run with
> the worldly crowd in
> >> excess of
> >> riot. Run this race with patience, "looking unto
> Jesus, the Author and
> >> finisher
> >> of our faith."
> >> 3. Thoughts in the way! Philippians 4:7,8- "7And
> the peace of God, which
> >> passeth
> >> all understanding, shall keep your hearts and
> minds through Christ Jesus.
> >> 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
> whatsoever things are
> >> honest,
> >> whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are
> pure, whatsoever things
> >> are
> >> lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
> there be any virtue, and
> >> if
> >> there be any praise, think on these things."
> Isaiah 55:7-9- "7Let the
> >> wicked
> >> forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
> thoughts: and let him return
> >> unto
> >> the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to
> our God, for he will
> >> abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your
> thoughts, neither are
> >> your ways
> >> my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are
> higher than the earth, so
> >> are
> >> my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts
> than your thoughts."
> >> Read only good literature. store your mind with
> good so there will no room
> >> for
> >> evil thoughts.
> >> 4. Keep your tongue in the Way of Life. Have your
> converstion in heaven.
> >> When we
> >> are praying for someone, we are not criticizing
> them are we? Some pray
> >> that way!
> >> The condition of the heart rules the tongue. "A
> man of words and not of
> >> deeds is
> >> like a garden of weeds." (Evangelical Bulletin)
> >> J.T. Larsen tells of a man saved by a converstion.
> Rev. Gravett of Denver,
> >> Colorado, a Baptist minister met a man at the
> drinking fountain. The
> >> stranger
> >> told Mr. Gravett to go first.
> >> Mr. Gravett said to him, "God invites you to drink
> at the fountain of the
> >> water
> >> of life. For God says in the Bible, 'let him that
> is athirst come. And
> >> whosoever
> >> will, let him take the water of life
> freely.'(Revelation 22:17).
> >> "Does the Bible say that?" asked the man.
> >> "Yes, and it will mean eternal life to your soul",
> said Gravett.
> >> The man turned to go, and Mr. Gravett said, "Come
> and hear Gypsy Smith
> >> tonight
> >> in the City Auditorium." Then they parted.
> >> Thirty years later, Mr. Gravett was conducting a
> meeting in Greeley,
> >> Colorado.
> >> As he stepped up to the Post Office window for his
> mail, the Postmaster
> >> called
> >> Mr. gravett into his office and related this
> incident. he said he had the
> >> poison
> >> in his pocket to take that night before he drank
> at the fountain, but upon
> >> Mr.
> >> Gravett's advice, he went to Gypsy Smith's meeting
> that night and was
> >> converted.
> >> Since then he had lived a new life. Someone said,
> "I saw it on the
> >> bill-board at
> >> an Evangelical Church, 'A man with a big mouth
> usually has a small
> >> brain.'" It
> >> means something to be minutemen for God.
> >> 5. Keep your ears in the way. Many people hear
> things that are injurious
> >> to
> >> their Christian experience. "Take not up a
> reproach against thy neighbor."
> >> Keep
> >> your ears in tune to heaven, not human gossip.
> >> 6. Keep your heart in the way. "Render to Ceasar
> the things that are
> >> Ceasars and
> >> to God the things that are His." "Set your
> affections on things above and
> >> not on
> >> this earth."
> >> [Inserted is an article, entitled "Die Rather Than
> Surrender". Below are
> >> some
> >> excerpts from that article]
> >> "Carved over the entrance of a certain fort on
> Europe's battle-fiels, are
> >> the
> >> words, 'Die under the ruins of this fort rather
> than surrender.' There is
> >> another warfare in which the spirit of these words
> is to be observed just
> >> as
> >> loyally. When the Christian is contending in
> life's battle for principle
> >> he
> >> first puts on the necessary spiritual armor, and
> having done this, it his
> >> duty
> >> to 'stand' until struck down in the defense of his
> Master's cause. Death
> >> under
> >> such circumstances is victory of the highest
> type."- Hallock in Young
> >> People's
> >> Friend
> >> "The path of the just is as a shining light that
> shineth more and more
> >> unto the
> >> perfect day."
> >> "Therefore, come what may, hold fast to love.
> Though men should rend your
> >> heart,
> >> let them not embitter or harden it. We win by
> tenderness, we conquer by
> >> forgiveness."- F.W. Robertson
> >> "Avoid the very appearance of evil."
> >> [The following was pasted on to this sermon. With
> 21st Century technology
> >> I was
> >> able to scan, copy, and paste this to the sermon
> by attachment.]
> >> [This concludes this sermon of my grandfather]
> >> Yours for Radical Holiness,
> >> Richard D. Swift
> >> 505 Hickory Hills Dr
> >> Dexter, MO 63841
> >> 573-625-9535