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Is Holiness Possible Today (With a Warning from Esau)

Along with a number of other dear brothers (Ron Scates, Gary LeTourneau, Jim DeCamp, Terry Schlossberg, Ben and John Sheldon), my friend Rev. Marty Radcliffe continues to languish in the heretical PC(USA). Pray for him. Marty was a godly encouragment to me in the work of the ministry back in the early eighties when we both were ordained and served within the PC(USA)'s John Knox Presbytery up in Wisconsin.

Marty just commented under the post, "Death of an eighteen-year-old brother...," that he'd recently listened again to my Dad's final sermon given from the pulpit of College Church in Wheaton a few weeks before he died. After Dad's death, I had three-hundred cassettes of this sermon duplicated and sent them out to many friends.

This is the sort of preaching almost completely absent from the PCA and other conservative Reformed circles today. And it's tragic. Out of fear of being labelled a "pietist" by godless hypocrites who persecute those pursuing the sanctification without which no man will see God...

we preach to the mind rather than the conscience, and we never ever call our flocks to holiness or warn them to flee the wrath of God.

Well, if you want to reconnect with the generations before us who feared God rather than pandering to the baptized members of the upper class who have left their Baptist roots behind; if you hunger after preaching that aims at the heart and conscience, I encourage you to listen to Dad's final sermon on Hebrews 12: Is Holiness Possible Today (With a Warning from Esau). And by the way, feel free to link and download and distribute this sermon in any way you think best. This blog isn't for money, but for God. Did you know Martin Luther refused to take money for his writing--any of it? (TB)



Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


I'd love to listen. Is there a link?

Click On:
Is Holiness Possible Today(With a Warning from Esau)

I think you sound like your dad. :)


Dear Malorie,

Thank you,


I thought the same thing.

Dear Tim,

I remember this sermon vividly, though the last time I heard it was over ten years ago. In fact, just this past Sunday, as the men of our small group were together confessing our sins, I quoted it. "What are you looking at? ...How many murders did you watch last week?" Praise God. May we practice true religion by keeping ourselves unstained by the world.


Great encouragement for a Monday (I listened yesterday). And I, too, thought it was you at first!

Amen, Pastor.

It is a regrettable state in which we find the visible church in our hour, it seems. But there is a remnant who has not bowed the knee to Baal. 1 Peter 1 has been on my mind the past few days, and the apostle's words simply do away with the pervasive "Threshold Christianity" we see in our day. As you noted, we fear being labeled as pietists, so we throw out that requisite duty of endeavoring toward a true biblical piety, which is -no doubt- the result of God's complete justification. It is all His work, from beginning to end. We use the appointed means, but do not trust in those means. We trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His work *only* for merit, while he also sanctifies us more and more being conformed to His image!

Thank you for the timely word, Sir. May the Lord grant us reformation ever and always.

The sermon link doesn't work for me in Firefox. I looked at the HTML code, and it isn't in standard HTML, tho maybe it's written in some special code for Internet Explorer or with some script that requires a specially set up computer.

Tim, I covet your prayers and the prayers of all who read your blog. Thank you!

In Christ,

Having just read the previous post, this really hits hard. No price is too great to pay, if I may share in His holiness...

Not talking about being ousted from a job or ridiculed about his preaching, but about losing a 4-year old to leukemia.

Praise God for men who endure. Praise God for men who endure and then call others to follow.

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