KEEP A CLEAN HOUSE
by Elder Lee Hanks

The Primitive Baptist--1945

DEAR BROTHER CAYCE:

I received THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST yesterday (March 8), and I read it with great interest and full endorsement, humbly praying that it may accomplish great good in helping to correct some of the existing evils. We cannot exist as the church of Christ and tolerate ungodly conduct of some professing to be Old Baptists. If Old Baptists tolerate drunkenness, fornication, cursing, and other wicked conduct, they surely will lose their visibility as the church and light of the world. The candlestick will be removed. It is time for our people to set their house in order. We cannot wonder at the coldness, barrenness and indifference in the church, if their members are like the wicked world. One that is a true Old Baptist is tired of the world and wants to live his or her profession, and live a life worthy of emulation by a meek and humble walk and godly conversation, and shun the very appearance of evil. A tree is known by the fruit it bears.

Much is expected of Primitive Baptists. The world is watching us. Evil conduct of members is far reaching in driving God's little children from us. I fear discipline is not enforced as it should be. If evil practices are allowed in the church, she becomes guilty by toleration. Allowing ungodly conduct in the church causes heartaches, divisions in families, churches and associations. The grace of God in the heart teaches us to live godly in word and deed, to deny ungodliness, worldly lusts, to live soberly, righteously and godly every day. "For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lust, excess of wine, revelings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries."-1 Peter iv. 3. Paul said, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."-l Cor. v. 1-13; Rev. xxi. 8; Rev. xxii. 15; Rom. i. 29-32.

Speaking of all manner of wickedness, Paul said, "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them (keep them in the church) that do them." Some will say we cannot exclude him, for no church member saw him commit that wicked deed. If a man is going to steal, commit fornication or other vile sins, will he take a church member with him to see him commit the wicked deed? Surely not. "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you."-1 Cor. v. 1. "He must have a good report of them which are without."-1 Tim. iii. 7. This is sufficient evidence.

I am sure our dear people want to be right. All should want to keep a clean house and have a clean, godly membership and ministry. Then the church will prosper. Now they can obey the injunction of Paul in Eph. iv. 1-3, 22-32.

I would be glad to preach by my daily life and that I could so live as to be an example to the flock and that others could emulate my example when I shall go to my eternal home. May we all be followers of God as dear children, and walk in love. I am glad to say that our association is in peace and we have a godly ministry.

Love to you and yours,
LEE HANKS
Cantonment, Fla.

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