February 23, 2017

What’s an Evangelical to Do? (6)

Mark Minnick

FrontLine • November/December 2008

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

Resurrecting the Question: Two previous columns [broken into four Proclaim & Defend posts, see links above] in this series raised the issue of how Evangelicals should respond to unorthodox men within evangelical ministries. Admittedly, Jesus warned His followers that false prophets can be difficult to detect. They appeal for association with Christ’s true disciples as wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15). Yet our Lord taught that despite their deceptive facade, these non-Evangelicals can be detected by their fruit. A corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit (7:17). But what is that fruit? Scripture identifies fruit to be, in the first place, a man’s heart beliefs. Evangelicals must begin discovering and dealing Scripturally with unorthodoxy at the root level of heart persuasion if they’re ever to terminate the debates over theological fundamentals which all too often characterize their movement.

Part 5 noted the readiness of evangelicals to remove leaders caught up in gross moral sin, but closed with the question, “What, then, ought Evangelicals to be doing when they discover these teachers of error within their ministry organizations?”

The Long-Standing Debate

The very ideological essence of the New Evangelicalism spawned just over half a century ago called for respectful toleration and even cooperation with non-Evangelicals—not merely charitable cooperation with men of differing persuasions on minor points, but cooperation with men who are actually not Evangelical at all.

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What’s an Evangelical to Do? (5)

Mark Minnick

FrontLine • November/December 2008

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

Resurrecting the Question: Two previous columns [broken into four Proclaim & Defend posts, see links above] in this series raised the issue of how Evangelicals should respond to unorthodox men within evangelical ministries. Admittedly, Jesus warned His followers that false prophets can be difficult to detect. They appeal for association with Christ’s true disciples as wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15). Yet our Lord taught that despite their deceptive facade, these non-Evangelicals can be detected by their fruit. A corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit (7:17). But what is that fruit? Scripture identifies fruit to be, in the first place, a man’s heart beliefs. Evangelicals must begin discovering and dealing Scripturally with unorthodoxy at the root level of heart persuasion if they’re ever to terminate the debates over theological fundamentals which all too often characterize their movement.

Getting Down to Persuasions

Aberrant theologians who covet Evangelical pulpits, Evangelical professorships, and Evangelical readerships for their publications are compelled to employ Evangelical vocabulary. I heard one conservative Evangelical recount how he asked a liberal theologian teaching in an Evangelical institution how he could possibly subscribe to the creed required of its faculty. The reply was something like, I can make those terms mean anything I want to.

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Seeing Self

George Stiekes

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am unclean; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Isaiah 6:5

In the first century B.C., Narcissus sees himself in a pool of water and falls in love with himself. The Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year for 2013 was “selfie.” It is an informal noun defined as a self-photograph taken with a smartphone or webcam and then uploaded to a social media website. For some, selfies are a nice form of communication between friends and loved ones far apart. Young people find it to be loads of fun. Then there are some who tend to become narcissistic — self-absorbed, admiring, and egotistic. It is just another fad of our humanistic society made possible through technology.

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The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International Is Alive and Well

My friend Jeff Straub’s headline, “The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship is No More” is inaccurate and misleading. The FBFI will continue to function under its corporate name, Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, Inc. FBFI members and readers of both FrontLine magazine and our blog, Proclaim and Defend will notice little or no change in references to FBFI for the immediate future. To us, the word fundamental is dear and clear. But, to many outside our circles it has taken on a sinister meaning. When word usage changes, constant explanations or qualifications are needed, and often fail. Many fundamentalists have tired of having to make excuses for the term.

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Enduring Temptation

George Stiekes

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8

Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself when he was faced with that opportunity. It is wise to purpose in your heart prior to being faced with the opportunity and then to continue growing in your relationship with the Lord so that when you are faced with the wrong kind of circumstances, you will be strong in the Lord to be able to resist.

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