Clearing up some of the ethical confusion

Ethical decisions are a part of everyday life, and it is incumbent upon Christians to make moral and ethical decisions based upon the teaching of Scripture.  Some of these decisions seem very easy; for example, murder, lying, and stealing are wrong, and truth telling, mercy and sacrifice are good. As clear as those seem to be, real life experiences, recorded in the Scripture or lived out today, can create some nuances that becloud the issue. 

For example, confusion can arise when a certain act that is condemned in Scripture has features similar to other acts that are not condemned and because of the similar features between that which is condemned and that which is not, the two acts are unjustifiably equated as being the same.  An example of this would be the difference in being a martyr and committing suicide. 

In The Round Table in Ethics, I have noticed a few things that tend to create confusion for Christians trying to understand and apply biblical ethics.  This primarily revolves around making similar acts identical and/or equating God’s commendation of some elements of an event with God’s implied approval of all the elements of the event even when those elements are without exception said to be sin everywhere they are explicitly mentioned in Scripture.  An example of this would be lying. 

Consequently around the third week of Ethics, I present something I call “Ethical Considerations and Clarifications”.  In this presentation I seek to address some distinctions that can be helpful in avoiding ethical dilemmas.  The issues addressed in this paper do not address every relevant issue, but only those that seem to present problems when considering various ethical issues in The Round Table. I address the relationship of similarities and dissimilarities, the difference between intrinsically good or evil acts and extrinsically good or evil acts, the Is Ought fallacy, the Sin of Omission, arguments from silence, and then I explain what a lie is. Continue reading →

Bibliography: The Trustworthiness of Scripture

As Christians we are often confronted with questions concerning the trustworthiness of Scripture.  For example, someone may say, “It must have mistakes since it was written by men” or ask “how can the Bible be accurate when there are so many translations?”  They may point out what they see, or have been told, are unresolvable problems like “how did Noah get and keep all those animals on the ark” or the differences in the various gospels account of events in Christ’s life.  They may say, “men determined what books would make up the Bible” which implies that the Bible is merely a human book.

The following is a list of books to help you learn the answers to such questions and be able to have a more mature understanding of the trustworthiness of the Scripture.  I have also included a book to help you learn how to study the Scripture.
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Coming in View of a Call

The elders are excited about recommending Chris Haynes to serve as Minister of Ministry Development and Discipleship at Trinity Baptist Church.

Chris is 35 years old and has served as Minister of College, Singles & Recreation at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 1995. He and his wife, Valerie, have been married for twelve years and have three children Christopher (5), Caleb (3) and Levi (1). Continue reading →

Shall this plebe return a prince?

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Well, by the Grace of God, and your love and support, we are off to the old country—for those of you who still confuse Miami (OK) with Miami (FL), that’s England.

Last time we went to Oxford, we stayed in London a few days as we will be able to this time as well.  While in London, we went to the Queen Mother’s palace—referred to in Arkansas, as the place with indoor plumbing.  Although we did find her residence extraordinarily comfortable, we were a little peeved by a couple of things.  For one, she wasn’t home.  Secondly, when I explained to one of the gentlemen standing around that we had traveled a long distance to talk with her, he did not even respond.  Continue reading →

The Oxford Round Table – Thank you

Soon we will be leaving for England, and we could not have done it without your love and support.  This is an impossible trip that God has made possible through your love, generosity and prayers.  If ever a man knew that the challenge God had laid before him was beyond his ability, it is the man who pens these words.

The Oxford Round Table will be held in Oxford, at Harris Manchester College.  The subject we are addressing is “Religion, Education, Public Schools and Politics: Is There Common Ground?”  My presentation is entitled, “The Decline of Religion in Public Education and The Decline of Public Education”.

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VBS—Very Best Servants

Oh I know, VBS means Vacation Bible School; but each time I see our VBS, I am absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of work that our people pour into making it the best in decoration, teaching, spirit, fun, and environment.

Each year, it is evident that you truly seek to produce an excellent VBS, and this past week was no exception.  Your heart, soul and love is seen in the decoration of every site, heard in every teaching and felt throughout the week.

Someone remarked, that Trinity’s VBS “Is the best bar none” and I concur. 

Thank you for your labor and sacrifice in order for the children who come to have a par excellent week of spiritual growth, excitement and love.  I am always amazed.

Consequently, while it will always be known as Vacation Bible School, and rightly so, I also remember it as a week of watching THE VERY BEST SERVANTS!!!!

Indebted, A Very Grateful Pastor

Ronnie W Rogers

Conclusions about the Cessation of Biblical Tongues

The following is intended to summarize our two month study on the New Testament teaching about speaking in tongues and modern day claims.  I encourage you to listen to the entire series on tongues if you were not present when we studied this together.

The series on tongues is really a part of a larger study of 1 Corinthians 12-14 and other related biblical passages. This study examines these verses in their historical and biblical context.

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The Message of Mormonism

When anyone sees two young men riding bicycles and wearing white shirts and black ties, he can be almost certain that the Mormon missionaries are spreading the message of Mormonism. 

Generally, Mormons are well educated and hard working as well as being fairly knowledgeable about Mormonism.  Often times, they are even more knowledgeable about how to confound the average Christian with seemingly inexhaustible quotes from their authoritative books—including the KJV—apostles and prophets of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

I have read that as many as forty percent of Mormons come from a Baptist background. The reason for this is because that while Baptists are known for being “people of the Book” meaning the Bible, they are all too often inadequately familiar with “the people of the Book”; thus, they are fitting prey for the Mormon Missionaries who seek to convert Christians from being “people of the Book” to “people of the books”, which includes all of the Mormon writings.

In order to speak the truth to Mormons, and not be lured into the cult by their cunning ways, Christians must be armed with the truth of Scripture and an understanding of Mormonism’s doctrines, falsehoods and tactics. 

The following documents were designed to equip Christians to engage Mormonism with the truth. Continue reading →