The Deity of Christ – undeniable!

Undeniable should not be taken to mean that no one denies Christ is God. One only has to look into the halls of academia, walk the corridors of cults, listen to the mantra of atheists and agnostics, or scan the pages of antiquity to find a plethora of individuals all too willing to deny that Jesus Christ is God incarnate; however, the deity of Christ is undeniable if the pages of Holy Scripture are allowed to speak.

Although one may not fully comprehend the declaration of Scripture concerning Christ being fully God and fully man in one person, it is undeniable that it is proclaimed in Scripture.  But even the lucidity of Scripture regarding the nature of Christ does not bridle the pride of cults in seeking to strip Christ of His deity and none more formidably so than the Jehovah Witnesses. 

They have gone to great lengths to explain away every Scripture that clearly teaches or implies the full deity of Christ.  They have done this in the voluminous writings of the Watchtower, their “New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures” and “The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures”. 

If you want to arm yourselves with the knowledge of what the original languages actually say concerning the deity of Christ and how JW have meticulously mistranslated all of the verses that teach Christ’s deity, I encourage you to study the following two documents. Continue reading →

Thank you, Men!

I just finished reading each of the notes that you wrote me expressing your gratitude for my part in Men’s Fraternity.  Let me say, I was humbled at your kindness, spiritually encouraged by your thanksgiving and challenged by your daring bravery in seizing manhood.  I will always treasure the time involved and words that each of you gave as an expression of thanks to me.  Continue reading →

Disciplined—then what?

Sometimes members of our church are unclear concerning how to relate to a person who has been removed from the membership of Trinity Baptist Church through formal church discipline.  This concern usally arises out of a desire to help the person who was disciplined and yet not be in violation of the Scripture.  However, the desire can be, and often is, misguided and actually undermines the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading →

Church Discipline—we are not alone.

We recently had to bring three of our members before the church for church discipline.  This is always a sad time.  As a matter of fact, one of the saddest times in the life of a church is when someone who professes to be a follower of Christ willfully rejects following the Scripture and has to be removed from the Lord’s assembly.

The Bible clearly teaches church discipline, and there are a growing number of pastors who are leading their churches to follow the clear New Testament teaching concerning church discipline. 

Baptist churches have historically been based upon the New Testament teaching that the local church is an assembly of freely associated people who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit in salvation, followed the Lord in believer’s baptism by immersion, and covenanted together to encourage and hold each other accountable to live holy lives. 

Baptists still believe in a regenerate church membership and baptism by immersion, but the esteemed position of the visible regenerated life of holiness as demonstrated by the practice of church discipline is rare.  It is so rare, that when we practice it, a sense of aloneness stalks us. 

I want to assure you that we are not alone.  First and foremost, Christ said with regard to church discipline “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.””(Matthew 18:20) We can never be alone when Christ is with us. Second, although the scantiness of churches practicing church discipline is scandalous, it is delightfully encouraging that more and more pastors are practicing church discipline as they seek to be the true church.  Thirdly, we do not stand alone in the halls of Christian history because Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Anabaptist…practiced church discipline.

I thought you might find the following article’s glimpse into the recent history of church discipline in Baptist life encouraging. Continue reading →

Cheerful Giving!!!

“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”(2 Corinthians 9:7)

As you well know, a couple in our church gave $200, 000.00 for renovating the Fellowship Hall, Kitchen and Gymnasium.  Although they chose to remain anonymous, I want you to know that they gave with a God honoring cheerfulness.  They were indeed as excited about giving as we are about receiving.  In fact, they were happy beyond words.  They gave with no strings attached, not seeking control, or human recognition just thankful that they could give. 

They gave an additional $100,000.00 in matching funds.  Consequently, they will match every dollar given by someone in our church up to $100,000.00.  The reason for giving this portion in this way is to encourage every member to be a part of the renovation and to encourage giving to allow for more work to be done.  By everyone being involved, no one will have to say look “at what some did”, but rather, by the grace of God, we can say “look what we did together”.

Now my challenge to each of you, as a part of Trinity Baptist Church, is to give as they gave:
 Thankful to God for providing through His people
 Grateful that God allows you to be a part of His work 
Cheerful and joyful that you can give
 As unto the Lord with no strings attached
 Proportionate to God’s blessings on you
 No desire for human rewards

Indebted

Ronnie W Rogers
 

Bibliography for Intelligent Design, Creation and Evolution

I have enclosed a preliminary list of books and websites in order to help you understand some of the most salient arguments for ID, Creation Science and the Genesis account.  These resources will expose some of the most glaring and problematic inadequacies of the theory of Evolution.  unfortunately, these inadequacies are routinely glossed over or ignored in the college classrooms, and ID and Creation Science are summarily dismissed with a shake of the head or by catagorizing them as  merely religious.  These books will help to arm you with the facts.  Continue reading →

Marriage for Life

The Bible is very clear about God’s design for marriage being one man and one woman married for life.  Unfortunately, divorce is not only rampant in our culture, but it is quite prevalent in our churches.  At Trinity, the elders became increasingly burdened over the problem of some Christian marriages failing to thrive and situations where one or both partners refuse to work on their marital problems or remain faithful to their marriage vows and to God’s design for marriage.

“Marriage For Life” is what we developed in order to properly extol marriage in our church and help marriages grow stronger so that they do not find themselves in crises.  “Marriage For Life” outlines the steps that the church and couples are taking in order to strengthen even the best of marriages as well as what the steps that will be taken in order to resolve even the severest of marital conflicts.

Our desire is that members of Trinity Baptist Church experience marriage as God intended, and thereby enjoy the blessings of God as well as testify to the world of the power of the gospel in their lives.

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Inerrancy Chart

Christians who believe that the autographs of the Scripture are without error use the term inerrancy to describe their belief; however, others place different adjectives with inerrancy in order to use the term without believing that the autographs are without error. Continue reading →