Archive for January, 2013

Face Down

by Brian Robertson

In 1857, an event took place that changed the spiritual direction of America. Similar to present-day happenings, the financial state of America was in turmoil. In August, the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company failed. This reverberated throughout the U.S. and especially Wall Street as 55 banks held interests in the company. Furthermore, a tanker reportedly sank at sea with 2 million in gold. On October 14, Wall Street crashed. If ever America needed God in her history, now seemed the time. The Old Dutch Reformed Church on the corner of Fulton and William Street in New York City was a dying church in a changing area. To combat their decline, the church called Jeremiah Lanphier as a missionary to the ever-changing metropolitan area of New York. Lanphier prayed about the situation, and God led him to hold a noon-day prayer meeting. For his part, Lanphier distributed pieces of paper all over New York (and especially Wall Street) simply asking the question, “How often shall I pray?” His intent was to give businessmen the opportunity to pray during their lunch time.

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The Exchange

Walker-Moore-100By Walker Moore

 


Not long ago, at a flea market in Piedras Negras, Mexico, I spoke with the saddest man I’ve ever met.

For 27 years, he had served as a pastor–not just a pastor, but one of the most prominent pastors in his city. He had given his life to teaching, preaching the gospel and planting churches. He was well-known throughout his city as a spiritual leader.

At that point, he had a terrible experience. His wife left him for another man. He had given his life to the things of God, so why would the Lord allow such a terrible thing to happen? The pastor turned the blame inward and upward, rejecting God and everything he held dear. He turned to alcohol and lost it all: his ministry, his family and in other words, his life.

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Giglio, God, Gays, and Veritaphobia

 

by Ron Hale

He has served as Pastor, Church Planter, Strategist (NAMB), Director of Missions, and Associate Executive Director of Evangelism and Church Planting for a State Convention, and now in the 4th quarter of ministry as Minister of Missions.


Pastor Louie Giglio has been pressured off the stage of President Obama’s second inauguration – Why?

Twenty years ago, I attended a two day meeting at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs.  A deacon in my church had just started working for Dr. Dobson and H.B. London, Jr., so he was instrumental in getting me invited. I felt very inconsequential sitting in a room with leaders of the largest churches and ministries in America.

For two days, leaders from business and ministry shared their findings concerning the strategy of the radical homosexual agenda in America. They shared how the arenas of education, media, business, and government would be invaded with an activist agenda.  They predicted how a convergence of progressive groups would seek to socially segregate and isolate those holding to a Biblical worldview.

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Reply to Jared Moore Regarding Southern Seminary and the BFM, Part 3

Adam Harwood, PhD
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
Truett-McConnell College
Cleveland, Georgia


Moore misrepresents Harwood. Again.

            You write: “Harwood believes that mankind is only condemned for his own transgressions, and his sinful nature and environment are not ‘sin’ that requires a trust in Christ for redemption.  The only answer for sin in the BF&M2K is faith in Jesus Christ.  Consider Article IV of the BF&M2K where sin is only forgiven based on faith in Christ.” Once again, you have misrepresented my view. Your arguments would be strengthened if you supported them with evidence.

First, it is your view, Rev. Moore, which results in the salvation of guilty infants in contradiction to the BFM, which states: “There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.” You argue 1) all infants are born sinful and guilty and 2) they are saved by the grace of God. But consider: How can an infant have “personal faith in Jesus Christ”?

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Reply to Jared Moore Regarding Southern Seminary and the BFM, Part 2

Adam Harwood, PhD
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
Truett-McConnell College
Cleveland, Georgia


Questions I’m Not Asking

            To guard against being misunderstood:

My question is not: “What does Dr. Mohler affirm?”

Your post concerns itself with that question under Reason #1 (http://sbcvoices.com/adam-brought-sin-into-the-human-race-a-response-to-adam-harwood/).

My question is not: “Does Dr. Schreiner affirm the BFM?”

Of course he does. He also affirms the Abstract of Principles. That, as my Nov. 29 article (http://sbctoday.com/2012/11/29/the-ets-the-ap-the-bfm/) attempts to demonstrate, may be problematic for professors at SBTS and SEBTS (both of which affirm the BFM and AP). The documents can be interpreted as making conflicting statements regarding the timing of condemnation. The AP mentions condemnation before moral capability; the BFM mentions condemnation after moral capability. In both documents, however, people become transgressors as soon as they are capable of moral action. Regardless, I never questioned Schreiner’s affirmation of the BFM.

My question is not: “Can people affirm inherited guilt and the BFM?”

People can affirm whatever they want to affirm. But people who serve as seminary faculty don’t have the luxury of teaching anything they choose to teach. Their employment entails teaching in accordance with and not contrary to the BFM. (Note: The point is similar to the one made by Conservatives regarding the teachings of SBTS professors during the “Resurgence.” SBC constituents rightly expected the professors whose salaries they paid to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the BFM.)

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