Since the Calvinist’s analogy can only demonstrate God is the sole creator of life, about which we all agree, and it neither demonstrates nor even suggests that faith results from spiritual birth, I for one believe we should put it to rest. To allow the perpetuation of such a disparate example is to grant Calvinism an undeserved proof every time since it is an undeniable foregone conclusion that faith did not precede the first birth since it did not exist even as a hypothetical possibility.
It would be a cold day in hades before this Tennessee pastor turned my sermon notes and communications over to any government official. I believe thousands of other pastors from Tennessee and the forty-nine other states will join with you in fighting this disgraceful intrusion into your religious liberties and First Amendment rights. Our prayers are already with you!
The separation of church and state means that we will render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and we will. But the preaching of the church of God does not belong to Caesar, and we will not hand it over to him. Not now. Not ever.
Although we don’t know much about Dungan we do know he was a man of vision to move his large family to this area which was remote at this period of history. The expansion of the work under Keach continued the growth of Baptists in Pennsylvania resulting in the formation of the first Baptist association in America. We should never despise “the day of small things” for we never know what God can do through it.
Kerfoot’s major contribution to his discipline was to reissue in revised form Boyce’s Abstract Although he lauded Boyce as “the greatest leader that Southern Baptists have ever had,” Kerfoot did in fact include, always in small print or footnotes, several points on which he differed from his mentor.
To hasten His return, I have personally taken on the task of reaching the nations. Jesus didn’t give His command to “…go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19a) to a denomination or an institution but to individual believers. I am a believer; therefore, I have been given the direct task for the salvation of the world. To me it is just that simple. God has blessed me with people who have come alongside me in this journey by praying, giving, encouraging and going with me to proclaim the Gospel among those who have never heard.