I’m not kidding by writing this article. It’s not a ploy or a play on words that will be tongue-in-cheek and cause you to want to join us for worship. It is a serious reflection over the last four years and why so many people just cannot get to the point where they want to be a part of our fellowship.

  1. We are NOT creative. Well, we have many creative people, but when it comes to what the church should be doing, how she should be doing things, and why; the bible is clear. God hates when man brings traditions and selfish desires to the table of His gathering. We are not going to be swayed by the next new idea and frankly, make no apologies for it. If you are interested in seeing what the church should be doing from a God-commanded point of view, then check us out.
  2. We are NOT seeker sensitive. Scripture teaches that the church (called out, gathered) are those who are alive in Christ Jesus. The world has no place in the church because it really hates the Lord and His word. (Evidenced by all the traditions and creative efforts to make worship services “better” than how they are prescribed in Scripture.) People are not really seeking God in the first place according to Romans 3. We are not going to revamp, retell, rework, or retool anything we do in hopes that droves of people come running through the doors. We want to be a people for the glory of God and as we reach out to the lost and the missing, God will bring us together for His glory by His grace.
  3. We are NOT assimilators. There is really NOTHING to do at GraceTruth Church except learn together, pray together, live together, worship together and give our lives for each other’s growth and joy in Christ. We don’t have anything else to do. No programs for the kids, no children’s church, no manifold praise bands and no ministry of the arts. We do simply what we are told to do in scripture and have unlimited space in our lives for anyone who wants to be a part of our family. As a family, we will do things together, but we aren’t going to find your area of “fit” and stick you there.
  4. We are NOT easy on Sunday. I mean, there are easy parts of life, but worship, prayer, the Lord’s table, fellowship, hearing the word and discipline is not easy all the time. Sometimes we have to get real and sometimes scripture puts us in a place of discomfort. The good thing is, every time God’s word gives us a good rebuke, it gives us the glorious grace of God to grow from it; so our Joy is full!
  5. We ARE full of kids. All ages!  Birth to college, there are kids galore. BUT, they are always with us at all times. This is the way the church is supposed to be; worshipping as a family and learning together. The traditions of man are damned by Jesus in the gospels, and the ripping apart of the family has devastated the glory of God in saving families. So, we don’t divide our families and it is tough some days when kids are crying  or going to the bathroom every 10 seconds or dropping crayons or staring at you while you try to listen. It can be tough, but it’s worth it, even though we know it costs us some very good people through the years; we will not budge on this grand conviction.
  6. We DO take the Bible seriously. No, we are not the silly millies that pluck out our eyes, the Spirit gives us sense to know how to read literature, but we do take seriously the word of God. So, everything we do and everything we believe is regulated by the bible. There are no philosophical invasions in our teaching. There is no room for cultural segways or external ‘supports’ to scripture. We preach through letters, talk about teaching that is needed, and really put ALL OF OUR HOPE in the scripture to bring about ALL life change, all salvation, all worship and all unity.
  7. We will love you too much. Back to my original statement, this isn’t a ploy. You’d be surprised at the people who come and go because they want to just hide in crowd. Now, there is always space and margin, but if you join us, people are going to introduce themselves and ask who you are, it’s just common courtesy. And if you come twice, you may get taken out to lunch or invited over for dinner! If this sounds horrid, better stay away.
  8. You will NOT be asked to work. After 15 plus years in the mega-church market, Pastor James knows what burn-out looks like. Well, I do. 🙂  And I know that life is tough enough without having mundane and constant requirements to be at “the church” all the time. Now, for folks who want to convene and fellowship, sweet! But we are not going to be so busy that when you need us we cannot come. We are all suffering saints, living in this life sometimes hanging on by a thread. We want you to feel the peace of knowing that you can be available to minister to others when the time is right.
  9. We do NOT mandate the KJV. (King James Version) There is great value to this version of Scripture (which is derived from Erasmus’ greek) but we have people who utilize this version as well as four others: The ESV, the NASB, and two versions of the Greek NT. When preaching we will read out of the ESV and commonly utilize both majority and non-majority Greek texts for clarification. The church is allowed to consider their own versions, but we do steer away from modern variations and paraphrases.
  10. We do NOT dress up. Well most of us don’t. We may not come in our flippy floppies… (some may), but we don’t wear suits, hats, canes, and high gloss shoes. But, if you must, then please do, just do not impose the idea that we are supposed to wear such lest we bring on men something God has not commanded. Many people throughout my life have never owned “dressy” clothes and God forbid it that one must have a new suit to attend the worship of Christ. Please don’t be offended, but I do not wear a suit, tie or slacks very often. When I do, people ask where the funeral is located.
  11. We believe people who are WITH US should JOIN US. This means that if you stick around, you need to publicly align with us for growth, accountability, discipline, prayer, ministry etc. It is a burden on a church who loves a family who has a hangup on being an official part of the family. Everyone always wants to be a part, then say they are not a part when things don’t go their way. Well, we love each other and being committed is a big part of that.
  12. We do NOT mandate tithing. If we did, we’d have nearly 30% of everyone’s gross weekly. But, since we don’t, we teach that everyone should give according to the prayerful consideration and be sensitive to the Lord’s leading. Now we do believe that giving is an OBVIOUS example of God’s spirit in a believer and that scripture teaches clearly that each member of the church is responsible to financially support the work of the church and its pastors. We are just not going to mandate an amount. Many members just follow a simple 10%, some more and some less. It’s up to you and Jesus.
  13. We ARE creedo. Uh oh. It just means that we have a statement of faith that we hold to and everyone who becomes a part of our fellowship is required to read it, ask questions about it and take the truth contained within as truth. This confession of faith is what we see the bible says about certain things that are vital to the local church. We believe doctrine matters greatly, because without it, we really are not the church.
  14. We don’t have drums. I know this seems silly, especially toward the end, but while we have a piano/keyboard, and some guitars, we feel that drums are out of place in the music we prefer in service, and drums are also very likely to offend some, so we don’t have drums. We are supposed to bear with others and while Jesus probably isn’t going to scourge us if we had drums, He would surely want us to give up our right to play drums for the unity of the church. That being said, our decision to not have drums is a direct result of our love for each other and our desire to never offend a brother.
  15. We sing THEOLOGICALLY rich songs. We do sing new songs, but not contemporary “adult christian” type songs that have no bearing in Scripture. If we sing a song, it must teach us something true about Jesus, reflect on those things, or reflect on the work of God, His attributes etc. For example, we love “It is well” and we also love, “In Christ Alone.”
  16. We do not ENDORSE false teachers but rather call them out. I have had numerous times through the years a visitor state, “I wish you hadn’t said _____ taught error, it’s unbecoming.”  I understand beloved that many people do not like the tension of hearing false teaching being called out. But, when I am teaching in John 3 and the same week on TV/Radio a preacher was teaching that Jesus was not God, we have a problem and it must be corrected because Jesus commands it in Titus, Timothy, Galatians, etc. We are not on the witchhunt, but from time to time we have to address error in a biblical way.
  17. We are NOT perfect. Sorry. We are not going to fulfill your fantasy of a perfect church with no sin, no problems, no pain, no suffering and no long sermons. All of these will be a part of who we are. The difference is that we will submit to the Lord Jesus through His word in dealing with them. (maybe not the long sermons).
  18. Speaking of sermons. We DO preach for an hour each week. I do confess that I am trying to truncate my messages to 45 – 50 minutes, but often they are 65. There is little time to introduce, exegete, apply and close an argument from scripture in 20-30 minutes and I would suggest that most sermons in that length are probably not contextual. We stand to make sure it is thorough. Maybe too much at times.
  19. We do NOT preach politics or life’s lessons or cultural events. While there ‘may’ (once in 10 years) be an issue that needs to be addressed, it can be done briefly in the beginning or at the end of a service. We will not rob the feeding of the flock for the fodder of pop culture. We aim to live life by faith and doing so, we will all have ample opportunity to engage on these matters.
  20. We DO have planned Q&A times. Often we have these times where the church can ask question to me, the other elders and each other relating to life and scripture. It’s a good time and we think it is very helpful, especially when someone is dealing with a serious issue, it can bring the church together. We also value constant learning and provide opportunities for the church to grow and learn weekly.
  21. We do NOT think we are professionals. Sometimes we have no music, sometimes we have no lights, sometimes we have no sound, etc. These things happen and we go on as usual. We are not going to change the mood to manipulate your feelings. We are not going to stand at the end of the service and work your emotions to make some decisions. We are not going to pass a plate to get your money. We are not going to miss out on ministry. We are not going to be afraid to weep, pray, laugh, hug, get firm, or whatever else the Lord would have us do in our intimate time of worshipping Him together.

It is surely best you stay home unless you think this list sounds a little inviting. Who knows, I may write an article on why you may want to join us… 

Who Are We?

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With the current political climate it is very difficult to sift through all the dogma, emotions and concerns related to the national political scene. Scripture gives us a clear answer to most of our concerns and there is no possible way to teach exhaustively on this matter in a timely manner.

What is a Christian’s duty in voting?  How does the church know how to vote?  What should we listen to and say about political leaders?  Should the church be invested in politics?  What about social issues and legislation?  These are hard questions to understand…

Therefore, next Tuesday we will be offering an open question and answer forum related to this issue. Please join us, be in prayer and bring your thoughts and wisdom as we look to Christ!


While the whole “Church” world seems to encourage everyone from all around to come to church on Resurrection Sunday, also known as Easter, I have a different view that many people should NOT come to church that day, especially they should not attend among the fellowship of GraceTruth. Before you hang me out to be eaten by birds, take my words as an encouragement and if necessary, a rebuke, and see God the Holy Spirit at work in His everlasting and sufficient grace. You may just find the joy that you are looking for.

  1. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday because it is “that time of year” to attend church. Chances are if you are not regularly in the fellowship of the church you are either in transition because God is calling you elsewhere such as missions, church planting, or travel. Or, you could be unable to be among believers due to health problems or you may be one of those individuals who rotates a hectic work schedule that keeps you from weekend services. You may also be the believer who is in deep disobedience to God because you are not committed to being a part of the local body of believers as is required of you by biblical mandate and by the powerful work of God. Or, you may just be an unbeliever who only looks at church services as culturally obligatory.
  2. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday because you feel guilty. Guilt isn’t the work of God, however, conviction is. God works to bring His children to the obedience of faith through conviction of the Spirit and regeneration whereby they “repent” and joyfully run to the opportunity to be received before the throne of Grace as a child most beloved by faith. Being together with the church in worship isn’t a sad, lonely, broken drudgery, but a lifting, encouraging and freeing JOY!
  3. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday to appease God. God cannot be appeased by any works of mankind. There are no people who have ever lived that have ever made Him satisfied in their works and that is the entire reason for the Christ having to live among man and die in place of the elect as a substitute. (We should also say that you shouldn’t show up to please mom either.)
  4. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday because it is Easter. In all reality, the Easter celebration isn’t even biblical, its cultural even with all the “Christ” surrounding it. Scripture teaches us to remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ daily, not seasonally and in many ways, making much of Christ on one day is vain. Christ is alive every day and the “act” of resurrection isn’t the end of the miracle, the act of “eternal life” in Christ is!  And it is the hope of all believers.
  5. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday because you want to be entertained. Worship service isn’t for us but to proclaim the praise of God’s glorious Grace to Him, not us. Our joy is full when we make much of God for who He is, not for what we “get” from Him. Worship time as the church is never about us but always about the glory of God’s majesty.
  6. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday to find a people-centered sermon. We value true preaching of God’s word, not a few points that will pave over the truth of God’s glory. In other words, scripture teaches that Jesus Christ alone is all-sufficient and that nothing else in all the universe can satisfy the heart, mind, or flesh of mankind. So, if you want to be fulfilled in something that is just going to fade away by Monday, then GTC isn’t the place.
  7. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday if you desire to be bored, unchallenged or unloved. The word of God and His people will always cut away at the dross and mire and God is faithful through these means to make us more like His Son, holy and glorious!
  8. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday if you do not want to be in AWE by the Power and Glory and Honor and Majesty of Jesus Christ! He will be exalted by His people and if you are in attendance, it will overwhelm you as His Truth and His Life command your attention.
  9. Do not come to GraceTruth Church this Sunday if you only want to come once. We love you too much to leave you stagnant and all that come our way, if they let us, will be reached with the gospel. How you hear it is in the hands of our God.

Jesus came to DIE, to preserve His people against the wrath of God’s holy justice by taking our place on the cross. This Sunday is one of many of the Lord’s Days in this year. Make it as if it will be your last, then enjoy the fruit of them all as we celebrate our most prized affection, Jesus Christ who died and is alive forevermore!

For His Glory by His Grace,

Pastor James Tippins

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This Summer, GraceTruth Baptist Church has turned one as a constituted church and in that time much has transpired.  Some experiences have been difficult, some incredible, but all things for our good and for the glory of God.  In our culture many people measure success in many different ways.  For example, the local church of America seem to only think things are good when attendance is up, baptisms are up and the funds are rolling in.  This ultimately produces an unbiblical pressure on the church to “perform” and always think of ways to do more, get more and be more when the scripture teaches that the church, that is the  people of God redeemed by faith alone in Christ Jesus, have every spiritual blessing in Christ already.  So the church is lacking nothing.  So for the sake of this “spotlight” I desire to focus on something very dear; community.  It’s the 100th birthday for Evans County and while GraceTruth Church’s membership comprises more than six different counties, she is at the heart, a church of her community.  Our prayer is to see God answer the needs of our community in all aspects of life and GraceTruth church is committed to prayer and action.

While the church is not in the business of creating “church based” opportunities, the drawing board looks something like this for the next two years.  We ask that you prayerfully consider your involvement, especially in prayer.
1 – We desire to see the church of Jesus Christ (this means all congregations and denominations) be the church in vision and mission taking the message of the gospel to people who continually need to hear it, including ourselves.  The gospel is not the “hook” for lost souls, it is the power of God for security, hope, peace, holiness and worship.  (Romans 1:16, 1 Peter 1:3)
2 – We are actively working with the community in support of a local investment initiative giving more focus on what Evans county has to offer and what it could be if everyone worked together for a common goal.  Evans county has the potential to become an active people who care and give and support each other as well as a holy community of worshippers for the glory of God.
3 – We have begun plans for the establishment of a foundation that would provide business development training and career evaluation for many who have had a very difficult time finding work and who need some professional guidance in starting their own way of making a living.
4 – Pride In Evans is an initiative that desires the people of Evans County to see their homeplace as necessary and vital to the security of the culture, and Christians certainly must be active in the community, so GTC is committed to partnering in this effort as a people, not a place.
5 – The plans and final stages of a local Seminary is coming near to completion and will provide tuition free theological studies and biblical studies for local students of scripture, who desire to either learn or seek general and advanced degrees in the fields.  There is a great need for the training of men and women for the mission field in partnership with national and international missions.
6 – We pray that the church would be more active in the role of supporting local ministries such as the FoodBank and other organizations that have the infrastructure to help families in need.  Scripture says that anyone who has the world’s goods but closes their heart toward their brother are not in the faith.  (1 John 3:17)  This isn’t a guilt check but a reminder of just how good the grace of God is that has been given to us freely at the cost of Jesus Christ the Son and in turn, we have a heart to help others at the cost of us.
7 – This area needs more congregations.  It is a fact that nearly 8 out of 10 people are unchurched and denominations across North America have been pushing for the planting of new congregations.  The church multiplies as it grows from newly planted seeds.  The age of the big fat church is over, it’s time for all the people of God to pray about their involvement in really giving to a people, not a place or program.  Every church can actively be a part of planting new congregations, at the minimum, in homes and businesses.  GTC wants to be a voice of proclamation and preparation for this venture as we now have a core group meeting in Statesboro on Wednesdays, we would like to see in-home studies grow in the Evans County area among all believers.
8 – Praying for local leaders and government.  Most of the time those who serve us are not served by us.  Speaking only to the church, we should be about honoring our leaders and humbling ourselves to the throne of heaven on their behalf while keeping our tongues in check.  Sadly, the entire world loves to defame others, let’s see the church stand in the manner Christ stood who “kept silent” and “intrusted Himself to the one who is faithful.”
9 – Praying for the lost.  We want to see a movement of God’s people and it starts with prayer for ourselves, that God would give us a heart for the perishing and then a prayer for the gospel to go out from us that many might be saved from sin and judgment.  The gospel is ALWAYS Good News and we, the church, have it to give.  Let’s begin to work together to pray for the lost.  GTC is committed to working side by side any local church in this effort so that other churches would grow bigger and bigger for the glory of God.
10 – Praying for our schools.  Just like the civic leaders, our educational leaders are hard at work for the sake of our future-the children.  Let’s pray, serve and give as we can whether it benefits “our kids” or not.  Are all kids not our kids if we are a community?
There is much more to share, much more to pray for and much more to behold when we see the greatness of what God can do through HIS people.  GraceTruth church is committed to being a voice and a beacon of hope for the suffering and lowly as we all run the race together for the sake of God’s name.
Join us online at GraceTruth.org or on FaceBook.com/GraceTruthChurch – and for anyone who has questions, please contact us directly at 912-289-5537.
For His Glory by His Grace,
Pastor James Tippins

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Praise God for His glorious grace in the lives of these two! We are thankful to be a part of your lives Jesse and Brooke and are blessed to have you among us for the sake of the gospel. For anyone who did not make the service today, here is the audio.

Soli Deo Gloria

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This is a duplicate POST of the one supplied by Pastor Tippins on his ministry blog in reference to the goings on relating to the treatment of GTC and her elders/members by the TEBA Credentials Committee after numerous meetings, promises, and good faith interests:

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
(Titus 1:15-16 ESV)

From the beginning, we have prayed and followed God’s direction in all matters to best of our wisdom, and by His sovereign grace we have followed His leading and longed for service and obedience for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been and always will be faithful and in Him we trust.   In 2004, as we were in Roanoke, VA, we began feeling the need and burden to see a church planted in Claxton as a central point for church plants across the area. Despite popular belief, only 12 to 15 percent of individuals in Evans County alone are affiliated with ANY church and these numbers of church goers decline as the population changes each year.

Not only studies but also the biblical narrative reveals to us that planting new and smaller churches, even multiple congregations in the same city, is best practice in regards to evangelism and ministry. It takes only a few seconds to look at many church roles to discover the truth about the “back door” of churches in America. Planting churches is one, not the only strategy to answer this issue and it is to this that my family, and I have been called.

From 2004 until 2011 we had conversations with many young men, church planters, local and remote pastors about partnering with us in church planting but never considered that we would be the ones to come the Evans County and start a church. But in May of 2011 the Lord changed it all, He put in both my and Robyn’s heart to come and we made open plans to make a transition within two years. By making our calling and plans public, we found God moving quicker than expected and the first Sunday in September we moved to Georgia from the East Bay of California and our plan after arrival scheduled things to begin about within about two years. Through word of mouth alone we scheduled a date for an informational meeting to be set in October of 2011. At that first meeting we had over forty people attend and the consensus was that we would begin meeting weekly in bible study for the purpose of seeking a church to be planted.

Families from Lyons, Statesboro, Glenville, Pooler, Savannah, Rincon, Springfield, Reidsville, Vidalia, and other areas gathered over the next few months until March of 2012 when we moved out of our living room into a small rental building that we currently occupy. All of us were astonished and are still amazed at the work of God. We have seen new life in Christ, baptisms and in July of 2014, we constituted with our founding families as members and today we have actively 58 covenant members including member’s children.

Having served in ministry in four states over nearly two decades, the heartbeat of the “bible belt” always seemed like a safe and sound location for church planting and in May of 2011 I contacted the GA Baptist Convention and spoke with Butch Butcher, the director of church planting and discussed with him about our plans to come and begin GraceTruth Church. He was elated and told me to contact Mr. James Bland, the Association Missionary or “Director of Missions” for Evans County to work with them in our efforts. I did, and that same day Mr. Bland said, “we don’t need you coming down here and messing up our current churches… we have enough Baptist churches here.” I attempted to help Mr. Bland see that we were not coming to move sheep from church to church but to reach the lost, equip the scattered and love the sheep. This conversation set the tone for the remainder of this portion of our experience.

When we arrived in Claxton, one of our first ministry plans was to assist a local church in Reidsville with their Fall Revival where I gave seven sermons and three plenary sessions with questions and answers over the week-long period. Some of those evenings Mr. Bland attended and offered a compliment to my teaching. We also in short time petitioned (Read Request) to be considered as an affiliated church of the local association where the response would be to assemble a committee to talk with me and our church leadership and then present us to the assembly of churches to be considered a “petitioning” church under watch care for twelve months.

As this process continued, the annual meeting of the association was at hand where we were supposed to be present and presented. Just a few days before the meeting I received a call from Mr. Bland that the committee needed more time and that they would not be presenting us at this time. Upon pushing, he gave me over ten reasons, of which all were petty assumptions, as to why he felt we were not “of like faith and order” even though we fully subscribe to the Baptist Faith and Message. I requested a meeting with the committee that was honored in February of 2013. At this meeting of 2 hours and 22 minutes, (which is recorded and available upon request) many accusations were made about our doctrine and practice, but as the conversation moved on, we settled the minds of these men that we were indeed of like faith, but due to the polity differences, this group felt it would be confusing for us to be a part of the local association. At the final moments of our meeting, we asked for a letter to be written to GraceTruth Church as to why we had decided to remove our petition from the TEBA. Mr. Ross made the comment that Mr. Bland should maybe even come to discuss it with the church to help them understand our decision. Several of the credentials group actually indicated they felt we should be a part of the association. We adjourned the meeting with prayer and a spirit of acceptance and agreement that we would await the letter to GraceTruth and decide if Mr. Bland would come or not at a later date. This letter never came.

A few weeks later, James Bland joined as a provisional member, the fellowship of Elza Baptist Church in Reidsville where Luke Adams, an assisting Elder/Pastor with GraceTruth, was Sr. Pastor. Though several people were skeptical about Mr. Bland’s presence, he and Pastor Luke discussed the matter and the church received him for a period of six months in an attempt to “get to know the church”. Within a few weeks, Mr. Bland spoke up at a business meeting and accused Rev. Adams of being a false teacher and of not being Southern Baptist. (Notes of this meeting available upon request) After a quick rebuke and the adjourning of the meeting, Mr. Bland continued to pass out literature and cause division. Sometime later, Mr. Bland was a guest preacher at Eastside Baptist Church in Claxton and on that day he preached against the “false teachers” that had come into the area and among his sermon’s errors were not only false witness claims against Luke and me, but also grave theological errors. This sermon was transcribed and several local pastors were alarmed. (Audio and Transcription available)

The next day, Mr. Bland had an unsigned letter sent to all the churches in the association stating that me, Luke and another elder, Dave Hanson (who moved his family from California to help plant the church) were indeed false teachers, divisive, non-Baptistic, not of like faith and order, and other things that were hellish to say the least. (TEBA Accusation Letter) GraceTruth church had removed her petition and already petitioned with another local association and the only letter that was to be sent was to her outlining our conversation in February. This letter caused a storm of confusion and two long-standing churches in the association: Rehoboth Missionary Baptist Church (see statement) and Hagan Baptist Church (see letter) submitted a formal complaint of sinful behavior and bearing false witness against brethren against the men on the committee. Their response was a short “we did not mean to state these men were hyper-Calvinist” sent only to the associational churches.

I personally senttwo lettersasking for repentance and an explanation and to date, I have had no personal response from any member of the committee nor have I been allowed to have a conversation regarding the circumstances except for this “receipt of our withdrawal“. While I am cordial around the men, their words and accusations and lack of repentance have done damage. Because of the confusion, four of our families moved on and since that time, several preachers in the association have and are currently preaching actual series of sermons (so-called) against us, calling “those” that teach “such things” as unbelievers and wicked. The damage has caused harm to several marriages, not just among our congregation, but among some of the associational churches. Several people have left their church because the local pastors would not stand up for or against the claims. All-in-all, we have become ostracized and even long-standing friendships are strained as people are unsure as to how to relate to me and our members.

While many of the state leadership did dialog with us, none of them were at liberty to give biblical instruction on the matter and while some of them gave stern rebuke, no public statement has been made on this matter. While this may be odd, the GBC has a long history of public statements concerning misconduct and public or political actions that do not suit certain criterion, but when the scriptural mandate of unity and repentance is at stake, they remain silent.  I pray that I may one day make a retraction of this post by way of an update. May the Lord bring us all together.

At the date of this post, May 24, 2014, in the last week, there have been two separate occasions where individuals have informed me or another member of our church that pastors and church members are continuing to gossip and cause trouble in an attempt to have our church removed from the area.  Many other advocates have called for repentance and biblical discipline but nothing has come. Public leaders have joined the bandwagon, singing in the gossip wind in order to discredit the teaching of our pastors and one such letter was voted in executive committee to be “not received” and discarded while the people passionately hated the truth.

While things like these seem deplorable, and they are, they are not outside the sovereignty of God’s glorious hand and His timing and purpose in them all is good. Therefore, our desire is to be biblical and humble in our dealings and these men along with subsequent murderous slanderers are forgiven. In the future, the Lord will prove the substance of these claims but the damage will never be completely healed and these actions will have far reaching implication for years and decades to come. When the truth of God’s love or the touch of His ministry and the power of His word springs forth through the ministry of the family of GraceTruth Baptist Church, many will rejoice, then the enemy will come and remind them that we are “scary” or “different” and they will rejoice no more having had the joy snatched away. In the end, the men who allowed these things to happen will be seen for what they are; either brothers who are restored to fellowship with us and others or liars who are not in the faith. My prayer is that of Paul’s who desired God to “grant them repentance that they may escape the snare of the devil.”

The Tattnall Evans Baptist Association of Churches have allowed these actions by a large majority and gone against their ownconstitution and bylawsas well as the referencing to biblical mandates contained within. I pray that as time moves on all these churches (the Christians in them) can see and do what is right.

Lord have mercy,

Pastor James


UPDATE: 2017
While no reconciliation of this matter has ever taken place, it is appropriate to say that during the season of rejection, it was easy to become hurt and blinded to some of the necessary truths relating to the experience. After years of reflection and the work of God with His church, GraceTruth Church can attest that we are indeed NOT of “like faith and order” with the Tattnall Baptist Association of Churches and are pleased the that Lord prevented us from having to later withdraw from the circle of “fellowship” that does not hold the marrow of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is not a reflection of the totality of congregations but more the attitude and public heart and proclamation of those active congregations within the association.

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February 15th at 9AM until Noon, join us on a journey through the prophetic teaching of “End Times”.  During this FREE class you will learn what the bible actually teaches about this topic and how to answer your most difficult questions.  You will also be instructed on the many popular views and how they relate to the Word of God so that you can be informed.  Register on our Facebook page here.