Is It Nothing?

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“Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.” Lamentations 1:12-14

Is it nothing to you that pass by?

Does it matter to you that I die?

Is it nothing to you, hardened heart,

That in Christ I will never have part?

Do you care that I’m yoked up in sin,

That I’m living where you might have been?

The wrath of the Lord’s on my soul;

My life has no purpose, no goal.

I live, waiting only for death;

I live, but my soul has no breath.

You could rescue me, if you would dare –

I’d listen, if God’s word you’d shared.

You look at me, then turn away.

Oh, if only you showed me the Way!

The Lord’s spread a net at my feet,

Any day, I will feel endless heat.

I live, and tomorrow may die –

Is it nothing to you that pass by?

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Why ‘Baptist’?

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I consider myself to be an independent, fundamental Baptist; but it’s not because that’s what my parents are. The word ‘Baptist’ holds a lot of history, and meaning; both of which convey an impression of myself to people I know.

When I call myself Baptist, people know:

1. What I believe about salvation.

Baptists are known to believe in grace-only salvation: they don’t trust in baptism or works to take them to heaven.

2. What I believe about worship.

Baptists are known to believe in the local, self-supporting church. They don’t have clergy, only pastors. They sing the old hymns and preach the King James Bible.

3. What I believe about morality.

Baptists are known to believe in moral behavior. They don’t endorse sensual or worldly lifestyles, nor do they condone ungodly behavior. Rather, they try to live holy lives that bring glory to God.

4. What I believe about the issues of the day.

Baptists are known to take a firm stand concerning abortion, homosexuality, the Bible, education, and government. They do not hate others that don’t believe the way they do, but they don’t compromise either.

Being Baptist has many implications. It is not right to say that you’re Baptist unless you believe the same way as other Baptists. If the church or yourself changes, you should remove yourself from the meaning that the name confers.

The name ‘Baptist’ means a lot – so use it wisely.