[Following is a letter bro. Mac Lyon wrote regarding some Baptist churches appointing elders, baptizing for remission of sins, and taking weekly Lord's Supper; as least in part due to the SEARCH TV program. Ted]
My reply is slow due to my having been out of the city for several days. Sorry.
Sometime back a Baptist preacher called me from California to tell me that they had appointed elders in their congregation that day and that we would be hearing of that frequently. He said it is due to our teaching and influence in the SEARCH programs. He had just returned from the Baptist Convention where he said it was discussed in a positive and encouraging manner. More recently one of the large Baptist churches in the Oklahoma City area has done so. I have also been told that the same Baptist church is now baptizing “for the remission of sins.” In the last six weeks or so we have had several telephone calls from members of both Baptist and Methodist churches that they are moving back to acappella music. One lady said their new minister of music wanted to go to congregational acappella music altogether, but was meeting some opposition, so he was moving slowly, having one hymn in every service acappella. Another said something of the same nature but that they were now having one service a month acappella. Those were not Oklahoma City congregations to my knowledge. I have not heard any reports about any of them going to weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper. Yes, the things I have mentioned to you are true and I appreciate your desire for verification.
It is interesting that while some of our own people and congregations are beginning the use of mechanical music in worship, others hearing Bible teaching on the subject – and more than that – seeing and hearing it – are turning to vocal congregational music. Please pray for us that we can continue to have a Biblical influence on American religion to turn it to God. Brother, we have the message. We just need to get out to where people can hear it and see it demonstrated. People are hearing our messages where we are being broadcast like in your area.
We are told by those who study such things that when we are on the air on one channel, and another preacher (of any kind or denomination) is on another channel opposite us, we ALWAYS have a greater share of the audience than he has –and very often we will have twice as many as he has. We have two plaques hanging in our reception area from the NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH people who verify that. We just need to be stronger.
Thanks for your enquiry.
The Gospel Plan of Salvation
- The great love of God for man. (John 3:16)
- He gave Christ as the Savior. (Luke 19:10)
- Sent the Holy Spirit as a guide. (John 16:13)
- Gave the Gospel as “the power” unto salvation. (Romans 1:16)
- Provided atonement by the blood of Christ. (Romans 5:9; Colossians 1:14)
- Hear the Gospel. (Romans 10:17; John 8:32)
- Believe the Gospel. (Hebrews 11:6; John 20:31)
- Repent of past sins. (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30)
- Confess faith in Christ. (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32)
- Be Baptized. (Galatians 3:27; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38)
- Be faithful unto death. (Revelation 2:10)
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