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John R. Rice (1895 - 1980)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker John R. Rice in text and pdf format. Was a Baptist evangelist and pastor and the founding editor of The Sword of the Lord, an influential fundamentalist newspaper. Rice believed that the mission of churches was "not to take care of Christians" but to "win souls," a notion his mostly lower-middle-class church members did not wholeheartedly endorse. When Rice spent more time away from his pulpit to hold revivals elsewhere, a supply pastor and his supporters staged a coup. Rice decided to reenter evangelism. Yet before he did so, he encouraged the church to change its name from Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle to Galilean Baptist Church, thus distinguishing his ministry and that of the church from J. Frank Norris.

In 1934, Rice founded The Sword of the Lord, a bi-weekly publication that grew into an influential fundamentalist Baptist newspaper. At first it was simply the publication of his Dallas church, handed out on the street and delivered door-to-door by Rice's daughters and other Sunday School children. The Sword's circulation grew dramatically. It was thirty thousand in 1940, fifty thousand in 1946, and ninety thousand in 1953, surpassing the circulation of the venerable Moody Monthly. Rice regularly published reports from evangelistic campaigns that became valuable publicity tools for approved revivalists. In 1946, he and other prominent evangelists adopted a code of ethics and a statement of faith to prevent "evangelists from being unduly criticized for commercialism and unethical practices." The same year Bob Jones College conferred on him an honorary Litt. D. degree.

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A Sermon from a Catholic Bible
      I hold in my hand the new Confraternity edition of the New Testament which is translated from the Latin Vulgate by Catholic authorities. It has on the title page the following: The NEW TESTAMENT of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Translated from the ... read more

All Satan's Apples Have Worms
      I am speaking tonight on the subject, "All Satan's Apples Have Worms." I do not deny that the Devil has some pretty apples; I just say that all of them are fakes and that after you bite into them, you will find they have worms. All Satan's apples have ... read more

Assurance of Salvation
      "They that gladly received his word. . . . " - Acts 2:41. Here are some lessons in the Christian life. Every Christian starts out as a baby Christian. One has to learn after one is saved. One has to grow in grace after being saved. A good example is ... read more

Backsliders; Saved or Lost?
      Everywhere people want to know whether the backslider is saved or lost. After one has sinned, is he still a child of God? When he has lost the joy of salvation, does he still have the salvation? Well, the answer to this question is that the backslider ... read more

Bad Use of Natural Languages at Corinth
      There are many good people who are misled on this matter of speaking with tongues. They are very eager people. Often they are good Christians in the sense that they want all God has, and they want to please God. They are spiritually-minded, good people, b ... read more

      A favorite device of the Devil is to have men look to their works for their salvation instead of looking to Christ. He leads some to trust in their morality, some to depend upon lodge membership, some to depend upon confessions to priests; some he leads t ... read more

      Sometimes when people do not want to keep some command of the Lord Jesus they say, "That was for the Jews," or "That was done away with at the closing of the apostolic age." So some people, having been accustomed to a form of baptism or a teaching abo ... read more

      Down through the centuries till modern times all Bible students and theologians agreed that baptism was a New Testament practice exclusively, that it went with the gospel of salvation through faith in Christ, and was not a part of the Old Testament ceremo ... read more

      There have been too many sermons on baptism as a part of the doctrines of some denomination. There is too much talk about "Baptist doctrine" or "Methodist doctrine" or "the doctrine of our church." In this Bible study, we are interested solely in wh ... read more

Baptism: Make Public Your Allegiance to Christ
      I am talking on how to be a good Christian, with the understanding that everybody starts as a baby Christian. The Scripture says that "as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." And Scripture commands us to gro ... read more

Bible Foretells Greatest Revivals Yet To Come
      Does the Bible justify the pessimism of those who think there will be no more great revivals? Absolutely not. How happy some would be if they could find in the Bible justification for their false alibis and excuses, justification for their powerlessness a ... read more

Bobbed Hair
      1Corinthians 11:3-15 tells us that since the man is the head of the woman, and there is a fundamental difference between men and women, that difference should be symbolized in the ways men and women wear their hair. "But I would have you know, that th ... read more

Christian Giving and Soul Winning
      Are you learning to be a good Christian? The Scripture says we should grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Scripture says, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." When yo ... read more

Convicted Sinners Can Reject Christ
      The Scriptures show that enlightened, convicted men do resist God, do thwart the grace of God. Men who could be saved, who are set apart by the blood of Christ, men who are bought, resist the Holy Spirit. God's grace is offered all, but is not irresistib ... read more

Dear Catholic Friend
      After much correspondence, Dr. Rice writes an earnest Catholic man what is wrong with the Roman church. DEAR Catholic Friend: Your letter is before me, and prayerfully I take time to answer it. The truth of God is so holy that I must deal very rev ... read more

Drinking - What John R. Rice Wrote About It
      “Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!” Isaiah 28:1 “The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodde ... read more

Ecumenical Excuses for Unequal Yokes
      1. Parable of the Tares: "Leave Them Alone Till Harvest." 2. "But Love the Modernists as Christian Brothers." 3. The Great Success of the Compromise Proves God Is for It. 4. "Fundamentalists Are Jealous, Envious Pharisees." 5. "Touc ... read more

False Doctrines and Claims of Tongues People
      Now I come to bring the last message on the tongues movement -- the movement that teaches speaking in tongues as the initial evidence of the fullness of the Spirit or the baptism of the Holy Spirit. First, let me say that many, many people of the tongu ... read more

False Teaching About The Last Days
      Thousands of tracts, magazine articles, sermons and radio messages tell the people, "Jesus is coming soon!" "These last days of this dispensation" and similar phrases are very common in the Christian magazines. "Time is running out!" writes one Chri ... read more

Fullness of the Spirit
      This pamphlet is chapter 11 in The Scarlet Sin, a book of sermons taken down word for word as given before great audiences all over America. It was in Seattle in a union campaign with sixty churches that this sermon, "Fullness of the Holy Spirit" was pr ... read more

God's Way to Mass Revival
      THROUGHOUT these lectures we have insisted that we can have revival now. The Bible prophesies great revivals yet to come; this age is the age of revival, the age of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit for soul-winning, the age when "whosoever shall call u ... read more

Great Revivals in Bible Times Prove We Can Have Revival Now
      FAINT-HEARTED Christians who watch the clouds so much they do not sow, and observe the wind until they do not reap, are defeated by the manifest wickedness on every side, and do not believe that God can give revival now. Many people cite the coldness of t ... read more

Great Women of the Bible
      "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and work ... read more

Hindrances to Prayer
      "... that your prayers be not hindered." - I Pet. 3:7. "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid ... read more

How Great Soul-Winners Were Filled with the Holy Spirit
      "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all ]udaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." --Acts 1:8 ".. In the mouth of two or three ... read more

      There is a strange text of Scripture in Revelation 17:5: "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BASYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" By reading the rest of the chapter we find that evil woman is ce ... read more

How to Come to Jesus -- a short, simple sermon on Salvation
      "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." - John 6:37. Anybody who wants to be saved can be saved right now, as you read this article. I mean the worst drunkard, the most abandoned woman, ... read more

How to Get Back to Full Fellowship With God
      If you are a backslider, then I have good news for you. The simplest and shortest part of this sermon is how to get back to God. Simply turn to God in your heart, confess your sin and backsliding, and He will receive you with open arms and forgive you of ... read more

Hyper-Calvinism: A False Doctrine
      Through the years there has been a conflict between the doctrine of eternal salvation by grace through faith, not of works, and the doctrine of salvation partly by God's grace and partly by man's works or by deserving it or by faithfulness. We know that ... read more

Jesus May Come Today
      "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." Matt. 24:42. "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Matt. 24:44. "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wh ... read more

      Since salvation must come, according to the Bible, before there can be Bible baptism, it is obvious that there is no reason for baptizing babies, unaccountable infants. There is not one New Testament record of the baptism of an infant. Jesus did lay His h ... read more

Personal Soul Winning
      Value and Importance of Personal Work "One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the C ... read more

Prayer Life of a Christian
      I am speaking this month on how to grow to be a strong Christian, taking as an example the Christians at Pentecost, those three thousand people who were saved and baptized then. And in Acts, chapter 2, verses 41 and 42, I read again, "Then they that glad ... read more

Present-Day Wickedness, Apostasy and Modern Civilization Cannot Prevent Revival
      THE God whom some people worship is old and tired. The present-day civilization is entirely too much for Him! Maybe He could one time give great revivals, but He cannot any more. Mankind has simply gotten to be worse than that old-fashioned God can handle ... read more

Religious But Lost!
      "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast ... read more

Silent Night, Holy Night
      The Christmas Carol By an Austrian Priest and Organist "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.) To be taxe ... read more

Six Pressing Reasons Why You Should Be Saved Today
      "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, "Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: "When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. "Where ... read more

      The form of baptism is very clear from the Bible. Let us notice the plain teaching of the Scripture about this matter. 1. The form of baptism requires WATER. John the Baptist said, "I indeed baptize you with water" (Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; ... read more

The Gifts of the Spirit
      I spoke last Sunday on Acts, chapter 2, which is the one great definitive case in the New Testament about speaking in tongues. There we learn that according to the Bible many people heard Christian people speak in their own language in which they were bor ... read more

The Holy Spirit, Our Loving Friend
      I. The Holy Spirit Dwells Within I want to speak to you this month on the Holy Spirit. Today it will be "The Holy Spirit Dwells Within." It is sad there has been so much foolishness taught about the Holy Spirit. Instead of thinking about that sweet Per ... read more

The Revival Harvest Is Always Ripe Among Lost Sinners
      Throughout these lectures we have felt constrained to return repeatedly to the Scripture given in Matthew 9:35-38, where Jesus gave us this law that the harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few--that the trouble is not with the circumstances, the sin ... read more

The Seven Saddest Sayings for Sinners
      The Bible deals with the most heart-moving themes that ever entered the mind of man; with the deepest woes of human misery and the highest heights of blessedness and ecstasy; with eternities, not time alone. It centers not on food and drink, nor houses an ... read more

The Seven Saddest Sayings for Sinners
      The Bible deals with the most heart-moving themes that ever entered the mind of man; with the deepest woes of human misery and the highest heights of blessedness and ecstasy; with eternities, not time alone. It centers not on food and drink, nor houses an ... read more

The Sorrows of Backsliding
      Jeremiah 2:19 says: "Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lo ... read more

The Unvarying God
      "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."–Jas. 1:17. In the matter of good providence and kind provision, God is an unfailing God. There i ... read more

The Young Christian and His Bible
      How will a Christian learn to be happy and victorious? How will he learn to conquer temptations and have influence for God and win souls? By loving and using and meditating in the Bible. When those three thousand converts at Pentecost were saved and b ... read more

Tongues at Pentecost
      I read a few verses from Acts, chapter 2, as I begin a series of messages on speaking in tongues. In reading what the Bible has to say about speaking in tongues, my aim is, first of all, to get people concerned about the one main thing, that is, the power ... read more

Voices that Despair of Revival
      WE CAN have revival now! That is the sense of what Jesus said to His disciples and followers again and again. In Matthew 9:36-38 a statement of Jesus, to His twelve disciples, is given just before He sent them out, giving them power over unclean spirits. ... read more

We Can Have Revival Now Because of God's Infinite Resources Freely Available
      PETER, walking on the water to come to Jesus at His command, saw the wind and waves boisterous and was afraid. He lost his faith and began to sink. His trouble was that he looked at the circumstances instead of the Lord Jesus, the Creator of all the winds ... read more

What Is a Backslider?
      "The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways." - Prov. 14:14. "Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the L ... read more

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