Rust and Corruption.

“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”
 – Luke 11:39 –


We have retired our church van.  It looks great on the outside, but on the inside it is a rusted out nightmare, full of corruption.

There are lots of people that find themselves in the same circumstance.  They look good on the outside, but inside they are full of corruption.  The van doesn’t need the body shop any more, it’s way past that.  These corrupt people don’t need counseling,  they need the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   

Head knowledge of Jesus is not salvation.  Looking good on the outside through good works is not salvation.  True, life changing belief in Jesus Christ as your Lord ans Savior is salvation from sin.  

At River Westlake Baptist Church, we believe the Word of God, and we spead the Word to others, not so they can look good to others, but so that they can truly believe, be born again in the Spirit, leaving the corruption of the flesh behind, be forgiven of their sins and be guaranteed enternal life with Jesus Christ.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Come and join us.





Pastor’s Notes – Get Away From Me!

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”
– 2 Timothy 4:2 –

We pray everyday that God will build his church here at River Westlake Baptist Church.  We know that God works through people, and God has inspired us to print cards with info on this new church on one side and Bible verses about salvation on the other side.

We’ve been putting these cards out in the Rocky River and Westlake areas en masse, and, praise God, there has been some response, with people contacting us for more information on the start date for services.  Maybe you are reading this right now because you got a card on your door.

However, while putting these cards on the doorsteps, we sometimes encounter people wearing masks, by themselves, outdoors.  We attempt to hand them a card and try to talk to them about the church and what God’s plan for salvation is.  In return for our concern about their eternity, we are very often greeted with “GET AWAY FROM ME!” or “GET BACK!” Or “STOP TALKING TO ME!” or “#%*@!%#&$@^*&$!# (unleashing a barrage of hate and cursing)!”

The mask has given people who already have anger against God (the God they say that they don’t believe in) more boldness and aggressiveness, to be as mean and ugly to caring strangers as possible.  The Bible warns us that this would be the case in the end times.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (KJV) tells us very clearly that these times of anger and hatred of the Word of God would come…

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

We know this anger is only going to get worse, but God implores us to soldier on, be long-suffering, and continue to spread His word.  It is a privilege to do so.  Praise God!.