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Converts Guide: Chapter 26 - Planted in the Proper Soil

By John Hames

      "But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended" (Matt. 13:20, 21).

      In the above text we are reminded of the importance of sowing grain in the proper soil. Not only sowing it but placing it in the proper soil. Grain will germinate in soil where it will not develop and mature. Some years ago we noticed oats sprouting up in the body of an express wagon. We are all ready to admit that no oats could be borne under such unfavorable circumstances. It is the same with people who get converted. They can get converted in places and under conditions where they cannot remain and be fruitful. We have an acquaintance living in Northern Michigan who was soundly converted in a saloon in the city of Chicago yet there is no one prepared to say that the saloon would be the place in which to remain and be fruitful.

      A man may get soundly converted in a church that endorses tobacco, lodges, entertainments, circuses, baseball, Sunday work and sinning religion, but after he is converted he cannot remain there and keep saved. If he would grow and be fruitful he must obey the injunction which reads as follows: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (2 Cor. 6:17, 18).

      We notice when the Apostle Paul got converted he did not connect himself with an unclean, Christ-rejecting, sin-pleading, holiness-opposing church, but "joined himself to the saints." This has no reference to joining the Mormon, Adventist or Come-outers, but any clean, orthodox church where the Holy Scriptures are taught and practiced.

      Reader, you can no more keep saved and be fruitful in a worldly church than a fish can live on dry land or a snowball abide the fire.

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See Also:
   Chapter 1 - Getting Properly Started
   Chapter 2 - Paul's Conversion
   Chapter 3 - Satan's First Attack
   Chapter 4 - Walking by Faith
   Chapter 5 - The Value of Secret Prayer
   Chapter 6 - The Danger of Being Sidetracked
   Chapter 7 - Untempered Zeal
   Chapter 8 - Obeying the Checks
   Chapter 9 - When and How to Seek Holiness
   Chapter 10 - Carnality
   Chapter 11 - The Double Portion Blessing
   Chapter 12 - How to Listen to a Straight Sermon
   Chapter 13 - How to Treat Doubtful Things
   Chapter 14 - Beware of Jesting
   Chapter 15 - "Taking Up the Cross"
   Chapter 16 - On Being True
   Chapter 17 - How to Determine Our Calling
   Chapter 18 - How to Keep Free in the Meeting
   Chapter 19 - The Curse of Disobedience
   Chapter 20 - Going Back to the Altar
   Chapter 21 - Untimely Matrimony
   Chapter 22 - How to Treat Inspiration
   Chapter 23 - The Change from Joy to Soul-Burden
   Chapter 24 - What to Expect
   Chapter 25 - The Chastening of the Lord
   Chapter 26 - Planted in the Proper Soil
   Chapter 27 - "The Evil Day"
   Chapter 28 - Beginning the Day with God
   Chapter 29 - What to Do When Tied Up
   Chapter 30 - Spiritual Lessons from the Trees
   Chapter 31 - Bringing Christianity into Disrepute
   Chapter 32 - Administering and Receiving Reproof
   Chapter 33 - Seed Thoughts
   Chapter 34 - The Starting Promise
   Chapter 35 - Why Some Are More Spiritual Than Others
   Chapter 36 - The Ear of God
   Chapter 37 - Hidden Manna
   Chapter 38 - The Little Child Spirit


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