Mat 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, Mat 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Mat 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Mat 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, Mat 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. Mat 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Mat 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: Mat 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. Mat 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire: 1. John stood alone vs.3 2. John was a non-conformist vs.3 3. John proclaimed an unpopular message vs.2 4. Johns position attracted many vs.5 5. Johns ministry repelled some vs.7 6. John did not fear man vs.7 7. John believed repentance brought a change vs.8 8. John was honored by Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit. On this board (fundamentalist...and I'm being respectful Murph, don't shoot me out of the water) in my opinion most posters condone smoking, drinking wine and in some cases beer, women preachers, fellowship with homosexuals and in one forum having lunch alone with a person of the opposite sex, dancing...wait I know David did it...of course he did other things too. Before you super spiritual giants jump on me and tell me David was a man after God's own heart....David also paid a price no one on this board would be willing to pay! They also condone the use of bibles that use bad language. I'M NOT GETTING ON TRANSLATIONS MURPH....TAKE YOUR PILLS, would you let me use the language on this board some of the "bibles" contain that the posters here use? I'm sorry Murph, I know you are watching me.....my mother sleeps better now. Here's my thought, why do so many here want to live and look like the world when our salvation should have made a change in us, IICor.5:17. If we don't know exactly how to dress, talk, drink what have ya and we err wouldn't it be more Christ like to err to the right? 1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. Pro 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. Just a thought, Unless there is within us that which is above us we will soon succumb to that which is about us. I fear most on this board are here.