Roy Falls at Norris' gravesite

Roy Falls at Norris' gravesite

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

If You Don't Want To Be Slandered ... Do Nothing




The title of the latest book on J. Frank Norris, by David Stokes, is called “The Shooting Salvationist”, which is a mischaracterization of J. Frank Norris.

These words, “The Shooting Salvationist”, are meant to demean the legacy of J. Frank Norris. So if any of you out there want to avoid being slandered and labeled a Shooting Salvationist….just adopt the following creed:



1. Just be a timid soul and look the other way when you see corruption
already all around you.

2. Just stifle your conscience and look the other way when God’s name is
abased.

3. Suppress your convictions and pretend a “holier than thou attitude”

4. Do not trouble yourself when you hear the cry of suffering humanity.

5. Maintain a life of ease and comfort.

6. Do nothing significant lest you incur the jealousy of the indolent.

7. Just sit on the sidelines while others win the prize.

8. Never challenge the evil giants and just let evil prevail.


By Roy Falls



The following song was often heard at the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas, during the J. Frank Norris era.


AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Sure I must fight if I would reign,
Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

CHORUS:
And when the battle’s over
We shall wear a crown!
Yes, we shall wear a crown!
Yes, we shall wear a crown!
And when the battle’s over
We shall wear a crown
In the new Jerusalem.
Wear a crown, wear a crown,
Wear a bright and shining crown,
And when the battle’s over
We shall wear a crown
In the new Jerusalem.


There was never a choir that sang with such heartfelt emotion, as was the case of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth in it’s heyday.

This is one of the reasons why the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth became such a phenomenal influence. The Fundamental Movement is still alive and well today…all across the United States because of the legacy of J. Frank Norris.

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