Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4529-4535). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
It is impossible for pride and humility to live under the same skin. It is impossible for you to be a teacher if you are unwilling to be taught. It is impossible for you to be a leader if you are not willing to be led. It is impossible for you to be a commander if you are not willing to obey. It is impossible for a man to climb Zion’s hill carrying a load of conceit. It is impossible for a man to be any better on the outside than he is on the inside. It is impossible for a man to walk straight if he lives a crooked life. It is impossible for a man to succeed in life if he spends his spare time sitting on a goods box and chewing Star Navy, talking about how the government ought to be run. It is impossible for a man to be a booster as long as he is a boaster. It is impossible for a man with a level head, a clean heart, a big soul, a good experience and a loving disposition to fail. It is also impossible for man to fail who has been cleaned up and cleaned out and filled up and sent out.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4529-4535). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
A few years ago, in a city where I was preaching, an old lady came down the aisle to speak to me. “Brother Bud,” she began, “you are the strangest looking person I have ever seen.” “Why is that?” I asked. “Well,” she replied, “your hair is gray and your beard is black. How can that be?” “Why, sister, that is no trouble to explain,” I replied. “When I was born I had hair all over my head. I didn’t have any beard until I was seventeen years old. Don’t you see that my hair is seventeen years older than my beard? That many years from now my beard will be just as gray as my hair is today.” She looked up and smiled. “Well, who would have thought it?” she said.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4523-4528). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
One night I heard my calf bawling. Going out to see what the matter was, I found my cow had licked her calf through the crack of the fence. As far as I could understand cow-talk, she had notified the calf that if he did not lie down, she would lick him again. One night in preaching I referred to this. A brother in the congregation got awfully interested. After service he came down and asked me why a cow licked her calf through a crack in the fence. He said he would give me five dollars if I could tell him how that is. “Get your money ready,” I replied, “for I know.” Then I went on and told him that the reason a cow licks her calf through the crack in the fence is because she is on one side of the fence and the calf is on the other.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4514-4519). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
I want my readers to see how much greater God is than the devil is. God can take a man who is as crooked as the roundhouse, give him one touch, and make him as straight as a gun barrel. But let the devil take a straight man, and if the man will yield himself completely to the devil’s power, he can make him too crooked to sleep in the roundhouse. The devil has the power to make a man crooked, but it takes God to make a man straight.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4497-4500). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
The American church as an institution is so great that it makes one stagger to think of its greatness. There are two hundred different denominations. There are nearly two hundred thousand local churches, with almost an equal number of ministers. There is a church membership of about 46,000,000, and there is scarcely any way to tell the real value of the church property. And yet this great institution is drifting with the tide of worldliness.
As an institution, the church has very largely substituted church membership for the new birth and has substituted the activities of the church for the gifts of the blessed Holy Ghost. All that is left is a salvation without regeneration, and a Christianity without Christ. It is perfectly natural for such an institution to lead God to the back door and bow Him out of existence. God is not needed any longer to help run that kind of a church.
Many times we find that the type of Christianity now found in the churches is simply human enthusiasm. This naturally leads the members to take the fire out of hell, for they see no need of eternal punishment, and to take the gold out of heaven, for they no longer need golden streets. They then make heaven a condition and not a locality. If heaven is only a condition, then where will our saints go when they die? Can a saint go to a condition?
Some of the churches have substituted man’s wisdom for God’s revelation and according to them we no longer have an inspired Bible. It is not needed in a man-made church. They have removed the blood from the atonement, for according to them, man can redeem himself with his own good works and his own great wisdom and powers of learning. The deity and eternal Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ also have been taken away, and so today we often find the Son of God is only a “nice, respectable gentleman,” and in many respects does not equal the scholars of the present day.
Beloved brother and sister, the Book says, “How can two walk together except they be agreed?” Now, we don’t have to agree on who is to be President or who is to run for Congress, or who is to be county attorney. These things don’t enter into the wonderful statement from the blessed old Book. The Scripture refers to saints and sinners, for we read again the wonderful statement that the “friendship of the world is enmity to God,” and “He that is a friend to the world is the enemy of God.” And in still another place we read, “You cannot serve God and mammon,” or in other words, God and the devil.
To make it just a little plainer, we cannot be worldly and righteous at the same time. When Christ comes in, the devil moves out. If you finally decide that you would rather have the devil in your heart and life, then Christ must go, for we “cannot serve two masters.” We will “hold to the one and despise the other, or else we will hate the one and love the other.”
You ask, “Why do the Nazarenes preach holiness as a second work of grace?” This is the answer: Holiness is the only theory that we ever heard preached which ever got anyone into the experience of grace. All other theories allow the carnal mind to remain in you until you die. The second blessing theory proposes to get rid of the “old man” before death. See Mark 8:22,23,24, 25; James 1:8; James 4:8; Genesis 19:17; Romans 5:8,9,10,11, and Hebrews 13:12,13.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4436-4460). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
We want to talk with you awhile about the moth-eaten garment. I had preached many years before I gave any thought at all to the many passages of scripture on the moth-eaten garment, and I am indebted to an old friend of mine, Dr. MacCammon, who gave me light on many of these peculiar passages concerning the moth and the moth-eaten garment.
Our readers will remember that in reading the Holy Book we very frequently run across the word "moth" or "moth-eaten garment."
One remarkable passage is found in Isa. 50:9, "Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up." The Bible has much to say concerning the moth, and we very frequently hear the peculiar expression "a moth-eaten garment." That expression is a very familiar one in the reading of God's Word.
We next notice, in Job 4:19, Job speaks of our bodies as "houses of clay ... which are crushed before the moth." In speaking of those that have suffered severe judgments, Job also says they are "as a garment that is moth eaten" (13:28). To further illustrate man's folly in providing earthly things, or in building up his fortunes by methods of injustice, Job also says, "He buildeth his house as a moth," to set forth God's judgment against the priest and the people and the princes of Israel for their manifold sins (27:18).
We find the little prophet Hosea comes to the platform and sets forth his warning. Here is his peculiar statement: "Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness" (5:12); but in the margin it says, "as a worm."
The Apostle James, in threatening the rich men says, "Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten" (5:2). This seems to unite two strange facts, corruption and moth-eaten garments. My judgment is it would be the black, dark, subtle things that are hidden in the hearts of men that crave this world more than they crave righteousness and holiness.
Now we notice that Jesus comes at this place and refers to the little moth. If the reader will turn to that wonderful Sermon on the Mount, Christ says to us, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal (Matt. 6:19-20)." Then He adds this wonderful statement: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
The reader will notice here the strange similarity between a thief and a moth. Jesus seems to put the little moth along side of the thief. I suppose that He is revealing to you the fact that the thief will come uninvited, unsolicited, and, in fact, undesired, and pilfer your home, and carry away your most valuable treasures. It would be common for a thief to carry away your best fur coat and flannel wear and woolen blankets, and all the household goods that are so valuable. Just so with the little moth. He also will come uninvited and unsolicited and undesired, and enter into the house without your knowledge and simply make havoc of the best things on the plantation.
The reader will remember how in our first text quoted, Isa. 50:9, the prophet there compares the wicked to moth-eaten clothes, and tells us they will all wax old as a moth-eaten garment, and that the moth will eat them up. So we see the wicked will finally be consumed and be as worthless as a moth-eaten garment.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson. Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
What was the difference between Abraham and Lot?
You know, they were blood kin and lived in the same country at the same time, and were in the same business.
But here is a part of the difference between them. Abraham commanded his house. Lot’s house commanded him. Abraham had a house of obedience. Lot had a house of disobedience.
Abraham pitched his tents toward Jerusalem. Lot pitched his tents toward Sodom.
Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked toward the mountains. Lot lifted up his eyes and looked toward the plains of Jordan.
Abraham went to the mountain and met God and blessed the world. Lot went to Sodom and well-nigh disgraced the human family.
Abraham chose grace. Lot chose grass.
And grace and grass tell the difference between the two men.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4387-4392). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
My beautiful old mother was a Presbyterian by faith and was very strict. If we boys had met a lady and had not pulled off our caps, the blackjack brush would have been flying. The American flag would have been in view, for while Mother put the stripes on us, we saw stars. Then the red, white and blue would immediately appear on the surface of our legs.
Some time ago I was crossing a large city, and, behold, I met a young woman with a pair of boots and a man’s hat on. Her hair was gone and her mouth was painted red. She was leading a large bulldog and he had pulled her from one side of the walk to the other until her hands were blistered. In front of a large department store the young woman lost her temper and she gave that bulldog the most outlandish cussing that I ever heard a poor dog get. I gave the sidewalk to the woman and the dog, and I kept my hat on.
When I got to my room, I said, “Now, Lord, my precious old mother taught me to take my hat off when I met a lady.” And the Lord seemed to say, “Yes, you must still do that when you meet a lady. Women and bulldogs are another proposition.”
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4360-4368). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD I WILL PASS OVER
Beloved, the last lesson we will give you from the 12th chapter of Exodus is on the blood. We read in this chapter that Moses said, "Ye shall strike the blood on the two side posts, and on the upper door posts," then he adds, "And when I see the blood I will pass over you." The blood of the lamb that was used in the Passover is a beautiful type of the blood of Christ. The lamb himself was a type of Christ and the lamb had to shed its blood before it could be used by the Israelites, and Christ had, to shed His blood before He could redeem a lost world. The blood of the lamb was to be the protection that was thrown around the Israelites, and this blood was to keep back the death angel from entering their home, for every person that did not have the blood on his front door posts, and upper posts, there was a corpse found in that home, and just as truly as the blood protected the Israelites, the blood of Jesus is to be the protection of His people in a world of sin, for it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that we are delivered from sin and the power of the Devil and delivered from eternal death. We even read in the Bible that the angels desire to look into this great salvation and that the songs of the redeemed in the holy city will be concerning the blood of the Son of God. The blood had to be put on the two side posts and the upper door posts as a public sign or example. The command was not to put it on the back posts of the door, on the door steps even, but it was to be put on the front door, and beloved, you can't imagine any old Israelite that night when the death angel was going through the land with a drawn sword leaving a corpse in every home, that any of those people that night would have been ashamed of the blood, and the greatest protection that ever came to a band of slaves was the blood of the lamb, and the little family was safe in his mud hut in the land of Goshen. Therefore that wonderful transaction that took place that night in the land of Egypt is called the Passover.
It was so named or called the Passover simply from the fact that the destroying angel passed over every house that had blood on the door. Again it pointed to the death and sufferings of Christ, when He too, should give up His life and shed His blood to redeem not only Israel but the whole world. And from the day of the shedding of the blood of Christ until this present hour all mankind can look back to the hill of Calvary and see a bleeding victim on the cross which means that there is a deliverance for me from my sin and bondage to the Devil. Thank the Lord, the blood will not only pardon the guilt that is found in the heart of a lost sinner, but will also cleanse and purify the heart of a justified believer. In trying to describe this great salvation we have often said that it was blood-red and snowwhite and red-hot and sky-blue, and as straight as a gun-stick. We have used this language because we probably had no better language to use.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 3645-3665). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
RECEIVE THE LAMB IN HASTE
We notice again in this remarkable chapter that Moses told the Israelites to receive the lamb in haste. We understand by this that the time had come when they were to receive the lamb and leave bondage or reject the lamb and stay in Egypt. Egyptian bondage is a type of sin, so understood by the majority at least, of the Bible readers. Pharaoh is a type of the Devil, and Egyptian bondage a type of the work the Devil puts poor sinners to doing, for while the Israelites gathered straw and made brick and worked in the slime-pits under the lash of the taskmaster, they were then away from God's country and on the Devil's territory, and they were servants and serving their enemy, which is the most remarkable picture of the life of sin that is given in the Old Testament. Every man knows, that will think for a moment, that every sinner is serving his enemy, for the greatest enemy any sinner has ever had has been the Devil, and the only friend he ever had was Jesus and yet strange as it seems, sinners will serve the Devil and reject Jesus Christ. Now Moses had been planning for some time to leave Egyptian bondage with the Israelites, and the plan was to go into the land of Canaan which represents God's country, and the lamb had been killed, and the Passover was made ready, and finally the time came when they had stayed in Egypt their last day and up till the last night, and now they were to arise at once and go with Moses out of Egypt, or stay there and perish. His command was, "Receive the lamb in haste." This means to get up and get out of there. It meant, "Don't delay in your going, for every one that delayeth will perish."
It is just so with us today. The time comes when every man must give up sin and go with Jesus Christ or stay in sin and perish eternally. After reading and traveling and talking with people for years I am convinced that multiplied thousands of saints today received Christ on their very last call of mercy. The time came when they had their last call. They realized that God was giving them their last and final call to mercy; hence, we have heard them say by the thousands, "I just barely got in on my last chance." I am sure that they felt that way about it, and they felt truly that if they rejected Jesus Christ one more time He would never pay any more attention to them. In their testimony they have said publicly, "If I had rejected Jesus Christ one more time, it was so plain to me that I would never have another call to mercy that I fairly ran to the altar of prayer and begged God for the sake of my lost soul to have mercy."
Oh, beloved, multiplied thousands have gotten in on their last call. But think of the sad millions that have heard the call so often, and have turned a deaf ear so many times and said no to God and hardened their own hearts, stiffened their own necks, choked and stifled their own convictions that the blessed Holy Ghost had brought to their hearts until God left them, until today we have a nation of God-forgetters and Christ-despisers, and Holy Ghost rejecters, and sad as this statement may seem, God pays no more attention to them than if they had no soul. The buggy horse they drive has just as much conviction now as they have. You might say, "Why is this?" We answer the time came when they were to receive Christ in haste or reject Him and perish, and they shook their head for the last time at God, and God's dealings with them closed. In a few years or maybe a few weeks on their dying bed darkness will settle down over them, they will have no feelings, their friends may pray, they will show but little or no concern, their testimony will be, "I am lost," and the next dealing they will have with God will be at the judgment bar, for we remember the words of Jesus when He said to the Jews, "How often would I have gathered you together as a hen gathers her chickens under her wing, but ye would not, therefore your house is left unto you desolate, for I would and ye would not." So Jesus walked out of their temple and shook the dust from His feet as a testimony against them, and said, "Your house is left desolate." He never went back to it.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 3615-3643). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.