October 24, 2014
A Divine Description of Depression from Psalm 143
By Matt Recker
“All I have ever wanted is to find a mate. I thought being married would change my depression, but since I have been married, I am even more depressed. We tried having children, but nothing we have tried has worked out. Then I thought buying a house would cure my emptiness, but now we are in debt over our heads. Every time I hear the phone ring, I cringe with anxiety, because I am so fearful of the debt collectors calling. Sure, I have been a Christian since I was a teenager, but I have fallen away from church. Sometimes I don’t feel like getting out of bed. I eat junk food and watch endless hours of television to escape from my problems. Now I have an appointment to see a psychiatrist, and perhaps he can give me some anti-depressant medications to help me through this time.”
Such is the way of life for many Americans, even for those who profess to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Multitudes are gripped with anxiety, filled with anger, and ruled by agitation and live thinking that having certain things are necessary for happiness. However any “thing” we seek other than the Lord to satisfy our emptiness is nothing less than a heart idol.
October 23, 2014
The descendants of Abraham would number as the stars are numbered in the heaven (Genesis 15). God is gracious to reveal that Abraham’s future descendants would one day come out of Egypt after about 400 years of affliction with great possessions, great numbers, and a great God. While God accomplished much for Abraham, what do we read of Abraham’s accomplishments? We sum everything up in two words: Abraham believed. However, the years pile up until…
October 22, 2014
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.
October 21, 2014
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.
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.
- Edward T Hiscox, Principles and Practices for Baptist Churches (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1980), p. 11 (emphasis added). [↩]
October 20, 2014
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.