Archive for August, 2012

Interview with Ralph Green

SBCToday personnel remain indisposed with matters out-of-state. However, we want to reassure our readers that the interview with Pastor Ralph Green regarding his impressions of the Gospel Project curriculum will be posted at our earliest convenience.

Whatever Happened to Sin?

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.


1 John 1:5-10

“‘Have you anything you did not receive from God?’ inquired the teacher of his pupils.  ‘No,’ said all the scholars but one.  He replied, ‘Yes.’  – ‘What is that?’ asked the teacher.  ‘Sin,’ replied the boy.”[1]

The mention of sin disappeared from many pulpits across America and few people noticed.  A subject so rarely discussed even in private conversation.  Attempts to accentuate the positive and to eliminate the negative have left the church on the horns of a dilemma.  Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe warns, “Any theology that minimizes personal holiness and excuses sinfulness is not biblical theology.”[2]

Dr. Merrill Chapin Tenney (1904-1985), former Dean of the Graduate School at Wheaton College, shares the following definition of sin in the Handy Dictionary of the Bible, “Sin is anything in the creature which does not express, or which is contrary to us, the holy character of the Creator.  The first sin in the universe was an act of free will in which the creature deliberately, responsibly, and with adequate understanding of the issues, chose to corrupt the holy, godly character with which God originally endowed His creation.  Sin in the human race had its origin in Adam and Eve (Genesis 3), but sin in the universe had its origin in angelic beings who rebelled against the Creator and whose nature, as a result, became fixed in evil (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).  Adam and Eve were created with a holy, godly nature, in fellowship with God; as a result of their sin their nature became corrupt; they became hostile to God and guilty before Him; and they involved the whole human race in their corruption and guilt (Romans 5:12-13).  The essence of sin is living independently of God.  The solution to the problem of sin is found in Christ, in the redemption provided by Him (Romans 3:21-8:39).

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Ralph Green Interview Postponed

The interview portion of Pastor Ralph Green's post will be delayed one day due to unforeseen and urgent responsibilities of SBCToday staff. We appreciate your patience in this regard, and we hope you will enjoy today's post.


The Gospel Project:
Not for Calvary Baptist Church

Ralph Green is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Bel Air, Md.

His personal blog post below has been edited, with Pastor Green’s permission, for brevity and clarity. Pastor Green may check in on this post occasionally, but he will not be available for continual interchange with commenters due to his pastoral duties.


When I went to seminary, Dr. Paige Patterson, my seminary president, challenged all of us studying for pastoral ministry to always be vigilant against doctrinal error and remain faithful to the Word of God. He knows well the dangers, pitfalls and ramifications of doctrinal error and the high cost of ensuring our denomination would stay true to our Lord Jesus Christ and His inspired, inerrant and infallible Word.

Dr. Patterson assembled a team of professors at SEBTS who faithfully taught myself and many others like me that we must take seriously our responsibilities before the Lord to guard the sacred trust of Scripture and to “contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

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