TrueBeliever, not TaliBaptist

On September 9, columnist Leonard Pitts wrote an article printed in the Pensacola News Journal railing against US senatorial candidate, Katherine Harris. He is liberal to the core and he makes a living writing such columns. In his conclusion, however, he portrays the followers of Harris as “Talibaptists.” His comparison is between Christian fundamentalists (talibaptists like me) and the Taliban terrorist group. He accuses us of being similar to Iran displaying crosses rather than crescents.
 
I’m offended by Leonard Pitts’ writing. If I were like the Taliban, I would consider a suicide bomb attempt on his office. However, Baptists do not blow up buildings; rather we help clean them up after terrorists strike.

Second, we do not preach hatred. Our message is the Gospel of the One who gave His life on a cross.

Third, we do not censor writers. We believe and defend the freedom Leonard Pitts’ enjoys. Baptists fought for that liberty early in the revolutionary days of America.

Finally, just as Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury Baptists called for the separation of church and state, we believe in keeping the state out of the church’s business. God help us return to Jefferson’s call.
 
You see, I am not a terrorist but a Christian fundamentalist and Bible-believing Baptist. Any confrontational action on my part toward the ignorance demonstrated in Pitts’ writings would never embrace violent behavior, aggression or the bloodshed of innocent people. That is not the Jesus way, nor is it the Baptist way.

Set your mind on things above

It has been a long week for Liz and me. Her stepfather died on Labor Day afternoon. We stood with Mrs. Baker as Clyde slipped into the arms of Jesus. Death for the Christian is a blessed event. Unsaved people and their families cannot comprehend the peace that passes all understanding. The Holy Spirit gives comfort every step of the way. Praise the Lord!

Liz will be coming home the first of the week. She has some red tape to help her mom work through. A funeral is one day but recovery is a process. Continue to pray for them as they complete some important tasks.

As I preached at the funeral, I spoke of setting your mind on things above. In the book of Romans, in chapter eight, we are told that the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God. The mind set on the Spirit is filled with life and peace. The choice is ours. “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Fix your mind on things above and you will gain purpose, vigor and strength. Right thinking and focus is essential to walking in the Spirit.

Join me Sunday as we continue to answer questions from the Fish House.

Pastor Ted Traylor

Great beach baptism

Beach Baptism Montage

Sunday afternoon, September 3, was a special evening at Pensacola Beach for Olive Baptist Church and the Gospel. More than 500 of our church members gathered at the pavilion on a beautiful Lord’s Day afternoon. Kirk Sullivan, vocalist with 4Him, was awesome as he sang and led us in music and worship. Then we moved to the water’s edge. I had the privilege of baptizing 38 people there in the Gulf of Mexico! As the beach was bustling with Labor Day visitors, Olive was out making a very positive statement for the Good News of Christ. Thank you to those who assisted in one of our church’s largest baptism services.

We are to be on mission with a public faith. In September we will be working toward our October 1 Mission Day emphasis. Be praying about your involvement. Then all during the month of October we will be in the area around the church facility prayer walking and sharing the Gospel. These are important days.

Monday afternoon, Mr. Clyde Baker, Liz’s stepfather, went to be with the Lord. So many of you have been praying for Liz while she has been away to be with her mom during Mr. Baker’s decline. Now as our family moves into this time of loss and grief, please lift us up to the Lord as we seek His grace, comfort and peace. Your love for our family is one of never-ending support and consolation. Please pray for me as I prepare my message for the funeral.

Mr. Baker’s funeral is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, at the church listed below:

First United Methodist Guntersville
539 Gunter Ave.< Guntersville, AL 35976 In lieu of flowers the family requests making donations to the mission program of First United Methodist Church Guntersville.