About Me

Mendenhall, Mississippi, United States
Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace. Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. He and his wife, Brenda, and their youngest son, Daniel, live near Mendenhall , Mississippi where he serves as Pastor of Particular Baptist Fellowship. Particular Baptist Fellowship holds to the 2nd London Confession of Faith. The pulpit ministry of Particular Baptist Fellowship can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Chief of Sinners

(Article for publication week of 4-24-AD 2014)

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (I Timothy 1:15).The glorious gospel that we preach is worthy of all acceptation. It is the saving message of the Saviour of the chief of sinners.

However, very few are interested in the gospel, because they do not see themselves as sinners in need of a Saviour. This is the great need of the hour, for the Holy Spirit to convict men of their sins that they may be stripped of all their fancied self righteousness and flee to Christ for salvation. The Church and her preachers need to quit trying to get men saved, and start trying to get men lost. The average man today when told of the Saviour of sinners, is just not interested because he thinks all is well. “What? me the chief of sinners? Why I’ll have you to know I’m as good as the next fellow!” This appears to be the attitude of most today, and so they will not seek a Savior they don’t think they need. But if you can ever find a man that is utterly lost, well you can preach the gospel to that man.

The man who was inspired by the Holy Ghost to write our text this week confessed that he was the “chief of sinners.” As far as the Apostle Paul was concerned, there was not a worse sinner on earth than himself. He had never gotten drunk, or run off with another man’s wife or daughter, or robbed a bank, or  broken the Sabbath, or taken the name of the Lord in vain, or bowed down to an idol of wood or stone; in fact, he said once that touching the law, he was “blameless” (Philippians 3:6). Yet, he confessed he was the “chief of sinners.” In another place (Romans 7:24) he said he was a “wretch.” Here was a man who was morally pure in his outward conduct, but he called himself the “chief of sinners” and a “wretch.”  The Apostle Paul had poor self esteem! Why would the man make such statements about himself?

Well, the answer is in the convicting and converting power of the Holy Spirit. The apostle says in Romans 7:9 that he was “alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” What happened to the Apostle is the same thing that happens to every poor sinner that is quickened into spiritual life by the Holy Ghost. The Blessed Spirit teaches a sinner that he has broken the law of God and stands guilty before God, and is condemned and sentenced to death. The heaven born soul feels that there has never been a worse sinner than himself, and he begins to cry out, “Lord, have mercy upon me a poor sinner”! Now this is a painful thing for a poor sinner to have to go through, but it is the way that God leads all his little children. God always gets a man thoroughly lost before He saves him. God wounds before He heals, and He kills before He makes alive.
Dear Reader, do you feel yourself to be the “chief of sinners”? Well, if you do, I have a gospel worthy of your reception; Christ Jesus came into the world to save the chief of sinners! As dear old Joseph Hart wrote, “all the fitness He requireth is to feel your need of Him.” There is only one qualification for salvation- you must be a sinner! May the Holy Spirit convict some of their sins and draw you to the mercy seat.

Receiving Christ as Saviour

(Article for publication week of 4-17- AD 2014)
 
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (I Timothy 1:15).
We have for several weeks been writing on the subject of saving faith. We have been illustrating saving faith by its principle acts, the first of which under our consideration is receiving Christ (John 1:12). When a poor sinner receives Christ for salvation he receives Christ for all that He is. You must receive Christ as Lord and Saviour. You must receive Him as prophet, priest and King. You cannot have Christ on the installment plan. Saving faith is all of you receiving all of Christ. Having shown some of what it means to receive Christ as Lord, we now shall consider the reception of Christ as Saviour.
Some would wonder that we should not have taken this up first. It is popularly taught and believed that a sinner may accept Christ as Saviour, and at some later time receive Him as Lord. But this is completely unscriptural . Notice for example how Peter preached in Acts 5:31, "Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." Notice also how Paul and Silas answered the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30-31. When he asked "what must I do to be saved?", they replied, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Poor sinners need a Lord to save them. We need One Who is mighty to save. The Saviour that we preach is not some helpless wimp, He is the mighty God! (Isaiah 9:6).
Now, my first question for you dear reader is, "do you feel your need of a Saviour?" Have you been convicted by the power of the Holy Ghost to understand that you are a vile sinner in need of a Saviour? Have you been brought to the place that you feel to be the chief of sinners? Now, I know what some of you are thinking. You are thinking, "well I know I am a sinner; after all I am only human; I have made some mistakes; yes I am a sinner, but I am not as bad as some people; I am actually better than most of you church people." Dear reader that is not the kind of sinner that Christ came into the world to save. Christ came into the world to save the "chief of sinners." Many of you will not accept the gospel of salvation because you really don't see your need of a Saviour.
But I have good news for those of you who know yourselves to be loathsome in the sight of God. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! Christ came into the world to be the perfect righteousness of all who will receive Him by faith. He lived a perfect life in obedience to the law of God. He died as a substitute to satisfy the justice of God. He was raised from the dead for the justification of those who believe in Him. He is seated at the right hand of God interceding for all who receive Him by faith. Though your sins are black as hell, they shall be as white as snow the very moment you receive Christ as your Saviour. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief. And that is a gospel worthy for you to receive.