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The Word of Truth is a ministry of Pastor Lars Larson, PhD
and the First Baptist Church of Leominster, Massachusetts

First Baptist Church is an independent reformed Baptist church serving our Lord in the heart of New England by conforming our church life, body, and teaching to the revelation of the Scriptures alone. As a local church, we recognize no outside authority other than our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the universal and local church. We stress the sufficiency and completeness of the Bible as "the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience." - The Baptist Confession of Faith in 1689

Service Times

Sunday School
9:00 AM
Men's Bible Study
Saturday at 7:30 AM
Sunday Service
10:30 AM
Prayer Meeting
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Summer (July–Labor Day) Service
9:30 AM
Ladies' Bible Study
Monday at 7:00 PM and Wednesday at 10:00 AM

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A Message from Pastor Lars Larson, PhD

Spiritually speaking, we live in perilous times. There is little substance of biblical truth being proclaimed and much error being presented in its place. Even in supposed Bible-believing churches a solid biblical presentation of the gospel is rarely heard, although it is assumed everywhere that it is. But in reality only a half-gospel is being proclaimed. It is a gospel which promises pardon for sin, but it is a pardon apart from purity from sin. The Bible speaks of no such salvation. Nevertheless, there are numbers of people who have been taught a gospel which promises salvation upon believing only, without respect to repentance from sin to God and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. One could almost say that evangelicalism as a whole is a product of this kind of gospel. The sum of the matter is this: there are scores of "Christians" who need to be awakened to the fact they are yet in their sins and under the wrath of God. Three particular messages preached by Charles Spurgeon linked here, were selected to address this nominal and careless Christian.

These three sermons were originally preached by Spurgeon in the years 1876 and 1889. These messages sharply challenge any form of Christianity which promises salvation apart from holiness. Do not be surprised if your own faith is challenged. Spurgeon himself once described full assurance of salvation as God's greatest blessing, but doubting one's salvation is God's second greatest blessing, for the second will lead to the first. The words of these messages may challenge you to such an extent they may cause you alarm. We can only hope they will cause you to seek our Lord Jesus for power to break free from sin's dominion and receive the cleansing that comes freely from His hand.

If these sermons were preached today in most "evangelical" pulpits, and if they were preached by a man who lacked the name respect of Spurgeon, their message would be castigated as heresy, and the preacher would be charged with presenting works-righteousness as the way of salvation. The fact is, that when the nature and content of these sermons are considered in the light of present day concepts of salvation and methods of evangelism, a great disparity becomes evident. These sermons show the contrast between the content of the gospel message as it was once preached and the message of today which is passed off as the gospel. Today, repentance from sin is rarely presented, and if ever it is mentioned, it is rarely portrayed in a manner as it is set forth in these sermons. Today it seems there is a reluctance to command people to repent of sin for salvation for it smacks of works-righteousness as the way of salvation. Preachers of previous generations never thought they were in such danger. They knew and believed that faith alone was the basis of a sinner's justification before God, but they also taught (as does the Bible) that there are other matters that are essential to salvation, without which, one's faith is a sham, mere presumption.

But today, it is assumed that if a person does nothing more than believe that he/she is a sinner, the matter of repentance has been covered. And if one expresses sorrow over sin in addition to that belief, then indeed, it is assumed, a very bright convert has been obtained. But in former days, salvation was never assured to anyone but to those who turned from sin to the extent that sin no longer dominated the life. This signaled that a person had been truly born again and that Christ Jesus had assumed control of the sinner's life.

There is a sorrow over sin which the world passes for repentance but falls short (2 Corinthians 7:9, 10), and I fear there are masses of unrepentant "believers" in our evangelical churches, who know only this kind of "repentance." They know what sin is and know who God the Father and Jesus Christ are, but are not moved to turn from their sin. They remain under God's wrath as long as they remain under sin's dominion. These souls have no legitimate biblical basis for assurance (cf. 1 John 3:7, 10; 2 Corinthians 13:5), but they remain unchallenged and are even lulled by voices which seek to reinforce their delusions that they have received pardon.

May God have mercy on us and raise up voices which will speak the truth in boldness and plainness of speech, making known these two needful things; REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD, AND FAITH TOWARD OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.