I spoke at Paradigm last Thursday night on the subject of worship. I reminded them that about half of all that the Bible says about worship is condemning false worship. As a matter of fact, the amount of Scripture devoted to false worship, along with the subtlety of false worship, should cause every Christian to approach worship with a healthy amount of fear lest we also become guilty of false worship.
A.W. Tozer, who served thirty-one years as the pastor of Chicago’s Southside Gospel Tabernacle (1928-1959), dedicated himself to calling the Church back to a radical obedience to Christ and warning about the menace of idolatry for civilized man.
In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, subtitled, “Why We Must Think Rightly about God,” he warns that idolatry, Continue reading →
In today’s Crimson, the deans at Harvard urge professors to work at lowering the cost of required reading for classes. The per student average spent on reading materials at Harvard last year was $1300.00.
What makes this article so interesting to me is when I consider it in light of the simple and oft repeated mantra that “reading is diminishing as both a pastime and a primary source of learning and evaluating”. The argument against emphasizing reading goes something like this; since we are an image driven culture, and there seems to be no foreseeable abatement to this trend; we should stop resisting the zeitgeist with our antiquated ideas about the value of reading. The avant-gardist is indefatigably reminding us it is really all about image and perceptions.
Particularly, and most alarming to me, Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
“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
Ronnie W Rogers
Many of our students will be spending their spring break with the BSU at our Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe New Mexico. Continue reading →
Of course this is the age old question that is asked by virtually everyone at some time over the course of their life. It may be a mother whose child died tragically, the philosopher who denies the existence of God or the solider who fought valiantly only to be rejected by the people he risk his life to protect.
Some people look at the world full of natural calamities, war, hate, child abuse, divorce, innocent lives taken through the neglect of others…and the seemingly endless prospering from evil and conclude that there is no God; or if there is He does not care about me.
The following notes were used in a presentation that I did on this subject, which I think will answer the problem of evil better than concluding that there is no God or that God does not care about you. Continue reading →