December 11, 2016

Comments on Baptist Fundamentals

Don Johnson

Editorial note: We are in the midst of a series of posts from the messages delivered at the Pre-Convention Conference of the Northern Baptist Convention, 1920. From the Conference the Fundamental Fellowship was formed which is today known as the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International. The messages from the conference were published in a book called Baptist Fundamentals. The book has been digitized by Maranatha Baptist University and is available as part of the Roger Williams Heritage Archives collection in Logos format, available here. Links to previous posts will appear at the end of this post.

This post concludes our commentary on the series.

The last message published in the book Baptist Fundamentals was “Baptists and World-Wide Missions” by J. Whitcomb Brougher, pastor, at the time, of Temple Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California. He would later become the president of the Northern Baptist Convention (1926) and then serve as pastor of the prominent Tremont Baptist Temple in Boston (1930-1935). Beale characterizes him as a “soft conservative.”[1]

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  1. David Beale, In Pursuit of Purity: American Fundamentalism since 1850 (Greenville, S.C: Unusual Publications, 1986), 231. []

Baptists and World-Wide Missions

J. Whitcomb Brougher, D. D.
Pastor, Temple Baptist Church, Los Angeles, Calif.

Editorial note: We are in the midst of a series of posts from the messages delivered at the Pre-Convention Conference of the Northern Baptist Convention, 1920. From the Conference the Fundamental Fellowship was formed which is today known as the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International. The messages from the conference were published in a book called Baptist Fundamentals. The book has been digitized by Maranatha Baptist University and is available as part of the Roger Williams Heritage Archives collection in Logos format, available here. Links to previous posts will appear at the end of this post.

This message concludes the series.

The mission of the Baptists is defined by Scripture. I wish to base what I have to say on two texts: Phil. 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ,” and Acts 16:9, 10, “A vision appeared to Paul in the night: There was a man of Macedonia standing, beseeching him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And when he had seen the vision, straightway we sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel unto them.”

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Witnessing to the Closed-Minded (2)

George Stiekes

Part 1 is here.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11:15; 13:9; 13:43

Not everyone can hear. The verb "to hear" in the text indicates both hearing and understanding. It is important to understand that when you share Christ with the unsaved there are some who hear your words but cannot perceive what you are saying. Of course, there will be some who will reject your witness indicating that they do not want to hear. In fact, you are bothering them greatly and for their own sake, they need to be bothered, primarily by the Holy Spirit of God. Some genuinely do not understand, but the more they hear the gospel, they begin to put the pieces of information together and one day it suddenly dawns on them what is being communicated. In fact, it is estimated that it takes seven contacts where the gospel is shared before the average person understands their need to trust Christ.

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Straight Cuts: Just How Friendly Should We Be? (Proverbs 18:24)

Randy Jaeggli

Perhaps you have had an experience like mine. I listened as the preacher announced his text and read Proverbs 18:24 from the Authorized Version: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” The ensuing message stressed the necessity of the believer to show love for people by going out of his way to be friendly. A chief form of selfishness for the Christian is to be introverted and concerned only with one’s own circumstances and problems. We need to be connected with as many people as possible and develop as many friendships as we can. Obedient Christians are warm, outgoing, engaging, and always ready to interact positively with the people they encounter.

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Baptist Fundamentals: Modernism in Baptist Schools (Part 2)

W. B. Riley, D. D.
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minn.

Editorial note: We are in the midst of a series of posts from the messages delivered at the Pre-Convention Conference of the Northern Baptist Convention, 1920. From the Conference the Fundamental Fellowship was formed which is today known as the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International. The messages from the conference were published in a book called Baptist Fundamentals. The book has been digitized by Maranatha Baptist University and is available as part of the Roger Williams Heritage Archives collection in Logos format, available here. Links to previous posts will appear at the end of this post.

In Part 1, Dr. Riley discussed The Baptist Faith Defined, laying out three pillars of Baptist belief, the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, the deity and infallibility of Jesus Christ, and the fact that Christianity begins with the New Birth or regeneration.

The Baptist Faith Denied

We come, then, to the crux of Doctor Greul’s question. Are there Baptist theological seminaries and Baptist ministers who are repudiating the great doctrines and principles for which the Baptist denomination has stood? If one were compelled to believe all that is found in official editorials, he would conclude that the only “fundamental principle in Baptist belief is the right of private judgment,” and that it matters little where that private judgment leads — the fact that one entertains it leaves him fundamentally a Baptist! Our fathers did not think so; nor do their true sons and natural successors!

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