October 22, 2014

The Pressure Is Growing

Wally Morris

Three recent events illustrate the growing pressure on anyone who believes in the traditional (Biblical) definition of marriage and who believes that homosexuality is wrong.

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Remembering the Difference between Doctrine and Preference

Kevin Schaal

The Bible is a Divine Revelation given of God to men, and is a complete and infallible guide and standard of authority in all matters of religion and morals; whatever it teaches is to be believed, and whatever it commands is to be obeyed; whatever it commends is to be accepted as both right and useful; whatever it condemns is to be avoided as both wrong and hurtful; but what it neither commands nor teaches is not to be imposed on the conscience as of religious obligation.[1]

The most important Baptist distinctive is the authority of the Bible for all faith and practice. That is why Hiscox, in the definitive manual for Baptist churches, opens chapter one with the statement above. Baptists believe this so strongly that if we were convinced that the Bible told us not to be Baptists, we would not be Baptists. While doctrinal statements, confessions, and creeds are helpful in clarifying and defining what we believe, our only authority for faith and practice is the Bible itself. All churches as institutions, confessions, creeds, traditions, and practices must be subject to it. We must make sure that we maintain this same core distinctive regarding the subjects of the inspiration, preservation, and translation of the Scriptures.

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  1. Edward T Hiscox, Principles and Practices for Baptist Churches (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1980), p. 11 (emphasis added). []

Whither from Here? A Way Forward on the Text and Version Issue

John Vaughn

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Our aim for this issue of FrontLine is to inform, refresh, and edify our readers on the doctrine of preservation and to lay a Biblical foundation as we ponder the question, “Whither from here? A way forward on the text and version issue.” Acknowledging that FBFI uses the King James Version as its standard for its meetings and magazine, we remind our readers that we do not prohibit the mention of other translations nor prescribe a particular translation to individuals or churches. Generally, our reasons for using the KJV are practical. For example, it is recognized by all as the Bible whenever it is read or quoted; its noble language is widely used in the traditional hymnody of Fundamental churches; and many preachers, especially those of us over forty, have done their memory work from the KJV and default to it when quoting Scripture. For clarity, it is helpful to have a standard that is well known to all.

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A Review of a Review: a blog on the versions

Don Johnson

The latest issue of FrontLine magazine is on its way to your mailbox (if you are a subscriber… and you should be!). Our subject this time is the Bible versions issue — “Whither from Here? A Way Forward on the Text and Version Issue”. No doubt the subject is controversial and may cause some readers to have misgivings about raising it at this time.

We think that Christians should be informed about this issue in a way that helps them sort through the claims and counter-claims that are heard, often in heated debate. Sometimes the very heat of the debate causes believers to flee the arena when the issue is brought up. And of course such controversies can be unpleasant, so the desire to avoid the issue is understandable.

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Passing the Torch – My Timothy

Ben Strohbehn

The letter was signed “Your Timothy”— one of the greatest commendations a senior pastor can receive. This came to me from one who once served as a member of our pastoral staff. He is now serving as senior pastor of another church to which the Lord led him. This unique closing of his letter caused me to reflect that four years of laboring together had obviously resulted in a “passing the torch” experience. Even though it began in 1982, that relationship has continued until this present day.

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