Saturday
Aug032013

Arminian Pragmatism

Dr. Daniel M. Ferrell

England and America during the late eighteenth century, saw many Baptists polarized by hyper-Calvinism. This anti-evangelistic and unbalanced view of the Sovereignty of God was opposed with two radical responses. 1)  A revival of World Missions and Gospel indebtedness led by men like Andrew Fuller, William Carey, Abraham Booth, and later Adoniram Judson, Luther Rice, Charles Spurgeon. 2) Built on Wesleyan Arminianism, there was a backlash of Pragmatism that paved the way for the wholesale demise of Evangelism in the Twentieth century.

Baptists were increasing throughout the world, but in America their growth was explosive. In the early nineteen hundreds there were over forty thousand churches and approximately four million Baptists in America alone. 

“In the judgment of men of other faiths, the most characteristic fact in the history of the Baptists during the last two centuries has been, not their rapid growth in numbers, but their marvelous continuity of belief, their orthodoxy of doctrine. It is the wonder of many members of their churches having elaborate written standards, and an ingenious system of checks and devices to prevent and punish heresy, that a denomination without a creed, without a government, with no central authority or other human device for preserving unity, with each local organization a law unto itself and responsible to none save Christ – that such a rope of sand should hold together at all, much less sustain a strain that the strongest bodies have borne none too well. 

“But one cause can be plausibly assigned for this phenomenon, and that is, Baptist loyalty to their fundamental principle, the Word of God the only rule of faith and practice. The Scriptures are easily ‘understood by the people,’ even the unlettered who approach them with open minds desiring to know the will of God. Such may not become great biblical scholars, but they will learn everything that it is important for them to know for their eternal salvation and daily guidance. They may not become profound theologians, but they will learn the cardinal truths of the Christian faith, and learn them more accurately in their right relations than the student of some human system is likely to learn them.

“Loyalty to this principle has been the strength of Baptists in the past, and as they are loyal to it in the future they may expect increase in numbers, in strength, and in unity.” [1]

The Baptist movement was the least structured denomination in America. Even the Southern Baptists and the Northern Baptists were decades behind the ecclesiastical machinery of the Methodists, Presbyterians and Episcopalians.

In spite of occasional splits, disputes and heretical dissenters, Baptists have maintained more doctrinal congruity and missionary cooperation than any other historical movement.

Evangelism was flourishing as colleges and churches were seeing droves of young men surrender to the ministry.  Missionaries and missionary boards (not all Baptist) were multiplying greatly.

Protestant movements like Presbyterians and Methodists were at their zenith of fundamentalism and evangelicalism. Liberalism and modernism was sweeping through the European universities and mainline Protestant churches in Europe, but it had not yet trickled down to the itinerant preachers, missionaries, and least of all, the militant Baptists of America.

If the Baptist were suffering from apathy, dead formalism, and corrupt scholarship, it would have been in the New England states. Baptists do not thrive on a relaxed, resourceful religion and they had not known persecution for over one hundred years. Often, it is not the roar of the lion that should alarm the Baptists as much as the hiss of the serpent! Seeds of destruction were being sown while many slept, and for one hundred years New England had been strategically dismantled by Satan.

Protestantism began to die as their dry formalistic Calvinism and absence of evangelism gave way to Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875) and his ultra-pragmatism. Arminianism and Pelegianism prepared the way for Unitarianism and Modernism in the New England states.

Fellowship, missionary boards, and associates were evolving into para-church monstrosities. Any religious organization with a human head is destined to be overcome by the gates of hell, in spite of the temporary good they might do for the Kingdom of God.

The early part of this century saw an increase in false movements, and cults, which began in the nineteenth century. Russellites, Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Unitarians, Mormons, Campbellites, Christian Scientists and Spiritists, were capitalizing upon empty Catholicism, dead Protestantism, and simple minded Baptists.

The Revised Version of 1881 (the Westcott and Hort Greek Text), the Septuagint, and the American Standard Version of 1902, were adopted in the main line colleges of America.

Higher criticism replaced higher confidence and German rationalism replaced the German Reformation.

R.B. Cook in his book, The Story Of The Baptists, saw some future concerns. He stated that ecclesiastical separation must be maintained. Baptist doctrines of one supreme, authoritative Bible, restricted communion – for members only, Baptist baptism, purity in the membership, and an independent church government must be contended for. Consider Cook’s almost prophetic statements: “Another danger may rise from relaxation of effort, and this reminds us of our duty to grow. The same ceaseless energies that have characterized the past, are still necessary not only for continued advancement, but even to prevent decline. The word must be preached by pastor, evangelist and people, and souls gathered to Christ by ones, by families, and by thousands, as in the days of the apostles. Every disciple is a preacher. And not until the whole church goes to the whole world will the whole earth rejoice in Christ and His salvation.

“Our country is rapidly filling up. The coming immense population will need the gospel, and it is our part as Christians and as Baptists to give it to them. We are not true to Christ if we fail in this, and are craven if we leave it to others. The perpetuity of our country – its institutions, and its liberties, rests upon the fidelity with which the gospel is preached in the growing and the destitute portion of the land. The conflict for liberty, once waged honorably and successfully here, is now going on in the old world, but this country is to be the theatre of another and severer conflict - between capital and labor.

“And there is nothing to prevent it, or to mitigate its horrors except the gospel, which comes teaching the brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God, harmonizing all things by the blood of the cross, and making all men one in Christ. The Baptist have ever been the friends of humanity and the advocates in all ages of the rights of man, and hence, have the ears of the people, and it is therefore, for them to do the utmost in their power to bring to Christ the thousands that seek a refuge on our shores. But we must grow in numbers, or we can never meet the demands made upon us by the rapidly increasing millions of our population. But this is not all. We have a duty to perform in other lands and to other nations. Never has any portion of God’s people been more highly favored with opportunities to reach the heathen and succeed in missionary labor. As yet, our missionaries have but effected a landing upon the shore of Asia and Africa, while those great continents lie undeveloped before them. We have prayed for the doors of Japan to be opened, for the walls of China to be razed, and the Dark Continent to be explored, and lo! All is as we asked, and the opportunity is ours. Shall we now hesitate to go up and possess the land with all our force? Ah! We must grow for the sake of the nations and the glory of our God in the earth. We have a great work to do. It has been asserted that while we have been the most highly favored of all Christians in our missionary operations, that we have given less for missions than any others. If this is true, and we greatly fear it is, let us take away this reproach, and henceforth lead all other denominations in our contributions for saving perishing souls. Dr. B. Sears says: ‘The downfall of heathenism is certain; it is decreed in the historic march of human events, as it is in the counsels of heaven. The only question that remains to be settled is, shall it be superseded by some species of philosophical unbelief, or by the Christian faith? What an argument is this for renewed and vastly increased activity in our work.’

“Another peril arises from rapid numerical growth, and this admonishes us to be careful in the reception of members, and in the training of converts. We should grow, but grow wisely.

“Numbers may be an element of weakness. Tacitus said that the Roman Empire was in danger of breaking down from its own greatness; and so, in our rapid increase, we may lose the strength and vigor of earlier years.

“Yet the cry is for more, and some churches think they are not progressing unless receiving accessions. There is a craving, in many quarters, for the feverish excitement of large ingathering, and for pastors who will ‘draw,’ and ‘fill the pews,’ and ‘pay.’ Hence, the pastor, in a large degree, is prevented from steadily laying solid foundation for the spiritual house, and finds himself almost unconsciously drifting with the popular current, seeking to please, laboring for present effect, and securing, it may be, large, but superficial results. In the efforts for increasing numbers, the training of converts and the seeking of the wandering are too apt to be neglected. If this goes on we will become an untrained mob, rather than a skillfully directed organization.

“I apprehend that our method is wrong. There is a kind of church-growth that ought to be sought first in order to time, as it is first in importance. We speak of the development which is internal not external, spiritual instead of material, in quality rather than in quantity, in knowledge, in grace, and in Christian activity. Progress in this direction may be slow, like the advancing hour-hand of the clock, or the maturing child, but it is steady and sure. Let this inward growth be manifest to ‘those without’ by the broadest distinction made in theory and in practice between the church and the world, and nothing be done by Christians in the pursuit of pleasure or of business that is a reproach to Christ; and mark the results. Attention thus given to that part of the commission which requires ‘Teaching them to observe’ and observing ourselves, the ‘all things’ ‘commanded;’ will not fail of best success. The church that attends faithfully to its own spiritual prosperity will be too active to cease to grow from without. It is spiritual strength that the churches most need; and which mere numbers cannot give. When persecution ceased upon the conversation of Saul, and the churches had ‘rest,’ then were they first ‘edified,’ and consequently ‘multiplied.’ Now is the period of ‘rest.’ This is our opportunity. How long it may last we know not, but while it does, let us grow.” [2]

The late eighteen hundreds and the early twentieth century was the era of the Revivalists. Much of American society was affected positively, at least for half a century. But there was a subtle shift away from a dependence upon a Sovereign God, hard work, patient prayer, Bible exposition, and humble obedience to the least commandments. Along with city-wide crusades, electrifying sermons, and revival tents, came dependence on man, high emotional stirrings, ultra pragmatism (end justifies the means) and altar calls.

If one man must be blamed above the rest for such a change in religious philosophy, it would have to be Charles Grandison Finney! His rank theology and humanistic methodology ranks with the sins of Jereboam in causing following generations to err from the old paths! According to the Finneyism mentality “we can manufacture a revival – we no longer have to wait on God.”

              There were two extreme theological and philosophical plagues:

  1. Dead Calvinism – adhered to by the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and some Baptists.
  2. New Pelegianism – promoted by Finney and subsequent revivalists

Finneyism was a reaction to dead formalistic, un-evangelistic Calvinism. The human volition was exalted above depravity and capable of choosing Christ apart from the convicting and regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Wild emotionalism and little regard for Biblical orthodoxy was the result! Soon the moral law, social gospel, and patriotic loyalty became the popular themes of mass evangelism.

A misunderstanding could be left on the reader’s mind if some qualifications are not made at this point. Many of the popular men at this time, such as Moody and Torrey, accomplished great results. Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of precious souls were saved. Moral debauchery in several American cities was reversed, higher ethics and ideals were adopted, and God and His Word were the topics in many households and places of employment once again.  If there is any truth to the statement, “The end justifies the means” it would be in how one interprets what “end” is intended.  The test of time has not been kind to the Revivalist Era. 

Modern evangelism of the 20th century paved the way for the Seeker-Sensitive Movement of today in six ways. 

  1. Modern evangelism created the snare of cooperating and unionizing with unscriptural churches.
  2. Modern evangelism involved the substitution of Bible preaching and exposition for stirring and heart-warming stories.  Doctrine was totally replaced by social topics, and the appeal of the gospel became an afterthought at the end of the sermon. 
  3. Modern evangelism produced the emergence of God-called preachers as front page personalities and celebrities.
  4. Modern evangelism placed tremendous emphasis upon numerical results at the expense of Bible doctrine and ethics.
  5. Modern evangelism encouraged the neglect of sound doctrine which degenerated into foolishness and rank heresy.
  6. Modern evangelism of the 20th century has proven that for every ounce of good that was accomplished by the ecumenical revivalist, there was a pound lost in the realm of ministerial integrity

Large bus ministries, outlandish promotions, campaigns, and bigger is better mentality; characterized the philosophy of the popular movements of the sixties and seventies. Sound doctrine was often replaced by sensational pragmatic challenges that would “get ‘em down the aisle!”

Soul-winning does not justify shallow teaching, unethical practices, or man-exalting ministries. Soul-winning methods began to turn sour in the days of Finney, but the “bow your head and repeat after me” method was deplorably used by 1970.

A king and queen soul-winner contest in Hammond, Indiana produced 389 conversions in one week by one college girl! According to such promoters as Jack Hyles, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, repentance is a process after the sinner opens his heart to Jesus.

America is littered with Ishmael’s who now mock and scoff at the gospel. At one time they may have prayed the sinner’s prayer, signed a card, and promised to bring a friend on “Pack a Pew” Sunday; yet now the mustard tree has more blackbirds than mustard leaves.

“The rise of what has been termed ‘The super-aggressive movement’ of evangelism and church growth, and the identification of these leaders and churches with that movement, provide the student with information and insights into the basic philosophy which under-girds the system. Arminian decisionistic evangelism coupled with the idea of ritual regeneration identifies the movement as thriving within a decidedly Arminian (if not Pelagian) context.” [3]

Arminian Pragmatism has been the incubator for the Seeker-Sensitive Movement and for the recent Pagan Philosophy of the Emergent Church. The Angel of Light is gaining control of pulpits in hedonistic churches as the masses gather for the big Sunday show.

Baptist churches will thrive through this apostasy just as they did during the Reformation, Papal persecutions, and the Constantine merger. Praise the Lord for every Baptist pastor who can say with grit and grace, “As for me and my church, we will serve the Lord!”  The Old Paths were well travelled by our Baptist forefathers, and we do well to not seek another way, no matter how popular or practical.

Adapted from the book “The Un-folding Drama of Evangelism”  by Dan Ferrell

[1] Vedder, 420-421

[2] Cook, 401-404

[3] Good, 213

Monday
Oct312011

Ecclesiastical Inbreeding

Dr. Daniel M. Ferrell


But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision” (Gal. 2:4-9).

            Independent Baptists can be rather clique-oriented.  Sometimes, it is dictated by geography or personality, and sometimes, by doctrine or petty issues.  Some Independent Baptists do not want other like-minded brethren to enjoy the same free independence.  Perhaps, it is insecurity, or maybe it is a desire to control others; nevertheless, these brethren love to promote a divisive spirit among other Baptists.

            One would think that if a brother used the right Bible, adhered to scriptural, restricted baptism and the Lord’s Supper, preached a salvation wholly of grace through the Lordship of Christ, preached and practiced separation, was zealous in evangelism, took a stand on Baptist distinctives, and loved the brethren, this would be enough to fellowship with just about all scriptural Baptists?! – NOPEWhat about those infamous buses and puppets during VBS, and what is your stand on Christmas and the headcovering?  Baptists can become so selective and narrow that they create a spiritual caste system among the brethren.  And after a generation or two, they begin to die with ecclesiastical inbreeding.

Inbreeding:  the mating of closely-related members of a species, especially over many generations.  It may be used to enhance desired traits in animals or plants, but is avoided in humans as it increases the risk of unwanted, inherited characteristics.

 I do believe in warranted ecclesiastical separation:

 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Rom. 16:17). 

 “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject “(Titus 3:10).

             But, let’s be clear:  these and other scriptures are not advocating that if a preacher or church has a junior church for bus kids, we are to place him outside the camp in a Protestant leper colony!  There is a Devil loose and serious apostasy is rampant – why must Baptists be involved in sideways energy?  We fight each other – why?!  It is tragic how many Baptist preachers have been maimed or destroyed by friendly fire!!  Come, brethren:  in the essentials, unity - in the non-essentials, liberty – in all things, charity.

            Charles Keen was right:  “Let’s decide who the enemies of the cross are and divide from them.  Then let’s decide who the friends of grace are and tolerate them.”  Some Baptists are so petty and mean-spirited.  Maybe it’s jealousy?  If a brother is having some numerical success, many want to assume it is because he is a Seeker-Sensitive, Arminian Compromiser.  Consider this:  maybe he works hard, is loving, majors on the majors, and is a praying soul winner – and in these areas, maybe we are lazy, judgmental and sour??

            Calvary Baptist Seminary of Lansdale, Pennsylvania:  “We should grant each other the freedom to hold differing viewpoints and to refrain from caustic letter-writing campaigns to or about those with whom one might differ. . . in our zeal, to earnestly contend for the faith, fundamentalism became more concerned about minor issues and less concerned about what the Bible clearly presents as the majors.

             Maybe I would never have a certain Baptist brother in my pulpit that you had last week – that’s okay.  I love and respect you; we are Independent Baptists and Christ is your Master, not I!  I enjoy getting outside the circle and learning from Baptists all over the world!  I enjoy reaching and converting Protestants and Interdenominational brethren over to the Baptist cause.  And I am richer and stronger for considering how other scriptural brethren do things.  If we stay in our little circles of controlled peer pressure, we will be stunted and those coming behind us will be deformed with the same haughty bigotry and imbalance.

            Brethren, let’s encourage and edify one another – but if we are so insecure that we cannot do this, then let’s just mind our own business.

 “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men” (1 Cor. 14:20). 

 “And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” (Neh. 6:3).

             James and John perceived that Paul’s ministry was just as valid as Peter’s, and the Gentiles were reached.  Historically, Baptists have been interdependent while maintaining their autonomy.  Through biblical cooperation, we can reach a lost and dying world.  Through ecclesiastical inbreeding, we will self-destruct and think ourselves superior.

Tuesday
Jan182011

Seven Reasons why the King James Bible is a Superior Translation

In 1603 at Hampton Court, James I sanctioned the need for an Authorized English Translation with no marginal notes. Seven years hence, a masterpiece was unveiled: The Authorized Version 1611. Four hundred years later, this Book of Books still leads the way in evangelism and missionary enterprises, and is the predominant Bible among conservative Baptists and Protestants. Please consider 7 reasons why we believe with conviction that the King James Bible is the Book of Books.

Reason 1: Superior Manuscripts

The Masoretic Hebrew Text (400-600 A.D.) makes the King James Bible unique because other English translations spring from the corrupt Greek version of the Old Testament, the Septuagint. Majority Text (Byzantine or Syrian Manuscripts) (450-1453 A.D.) comprises over 5700 manuscripts, with no tainted influence from the corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts of North Africa used by all modern versions. (Matthew 12:33; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Reason 2: Superior Custodians

The scripture manuscripts were preserved, copied, and not entrusted to a monastery or university, but rather to simple, autonomous, New Testament churches. “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). History is replete with evidence that the churches kept, propagated and published the Word of God. (Jude 3; Revelation 3:8)

Reason 3: Superior Translators

The learned 47 men who translated the King James Bible were unparalleled in biblical linguistics, believed strongly that they were handling the Word of God, and they felt unworthy to do so. The AV 1611 was also a product of previous pure translations. Much of the King James Bible is greatly influenced by the Geneva Bible and the Tyndale Bible, translated by William Tyndale, a Welsh Baptist. (Psalm 68:11; Nehemiah 8:8)

Reason 4: Superior English

By the early seventeenth century, the English language was at its zenith. Nouns and verbs were organized, declined and conjugated just like the biblical language of Greek. Several editions provided for maintenance without revision. What few archaic words there are have never discredited the timelessness of the King James Bible. To the contrary, the poetic King James Bible exposes the degeneracy of modern English and encourages Bible memorization. (Psalm 119:11; Zephaniah 3:9; Romans 10:8)

Reason 5: Superior Fruit

Since 1611, the King James Bible, or King James Bible text has been the chosen Sword for every major revival and missionary exploit. America and Europe were spared centuries of religious tyranny because of the plethora of copies made available to the common man. Souls won, lives sanctified, churches built, and great movements of the Holy Spirit find one common Bible: the Authorized Version of 1611. Surely the imprimatur of Heaven is stamped on the King James Bible. (Isaiah 55:11-12; Acts 6:7)

Reason 6: Superior Authority

The vain competition of over 100 corrupt English translations, the attacks of Rome and modern criticism have one common enemy: the King James Bible. The preface of the King James Bible, the blessings of God, the opposition of Satan, and the blessings for all who read its sacred pages reveal that the King James Bible, with no human copyright, is most assuredly the Authorized Word of God. (Psalm 138:2; 2 Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 4:12)

Reason 7: Superior Longevity

With the English language becoming a worldwide medium of noxious communication, it is noteworthy that the King James Bible has thrived for 400 years. New and newer translations come and go, but the Book of Books reigns supremely in the hearts of those who will not hear a stranger’s voice. When heaven and earth have passed away, the Word of God, as preserved in the King James Bible, will stand forever! (Genesis 15:13; Psalms 12:6-7; Psalms 78:1-8; 1 Peter 1:25) God has only authorized one Bible for the English-speaking people.

What Bible are you reading?

Tuesday
Jan112011

Which Bible Do I Use? - Who Cares!?


“The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jer. 8:9)

What we have come to in 21st century America is egocentric apathy. Apostate Christianity has been spoiled by the devil, her foundations have been removed, her heritage has been forgotten, and the average Christian professor says, “ah. . .who cares about which translation one uses, as long as you love Jesus, and it (the translation) fits you.”

Most “sheeple” are so busy with work, entertainment, buying and selling, and their favorite sit-com, that they do not study or even read the Bible. The overwhelming trend in today’s churches is a grandiose Sunday morning show that seeks to entertain the “seeker,” so they can be loved into Jesus, keep coming to the “Rocking Fellowship,” and “get turned on” to the “God Thing.”

Through the use of the big screen, hymn books, and even Bibles, become obsolete. So, the senior talk-show host. . .(I mean pastor). . .can use snippets of scripture phrases to decorate and Christianize his comedy monologue.

Maybe, we should not be too disgusted with the average Christian for being manipulated by their religious leaders and influenced by other gullible friends. Personal responsibility cannot be dismissed. But, remember, American “churchianity” feeds off of symbolic largeness and success, not biblical truth. Therefore, egocentric people cannot pretend to care about which translation is faithful to God’s Word, because, well. . .they do not read the Bible. It really does not matter to them. Herein lies a serious problem.

Trying to educate a professed Christian that the King James Bible comes from the pure family of manuscripts, that it upholds the Deity of Christ, that it is the preserved Word of God agreeing with 5,700 Greek manuscripts, brings a YAWN from the eye-rolling head-banger. “Like, dude, the King James Bible is an old relic. It makes no sense, and besides, I can get the message when I go to worship (rock concert). I don’t CARE about the exact words, okay, dude??” And yet, the whole fabric of authentic Christianity is based on what Jesus said, what is written, and the EXACT WORDS!

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:35).

We are witnessing a paradigm shift towards a more pagan, heathenistic and mongrel Christianity. The Mustard Tree has more blackbirds than leaves. Much of the blame belongs to the clergy – dishonest hirelings. “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter” (Isa. 56:10-11).

But, praise the Lord for churches and preachers who preach the right Bible and will not go with the flow. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Tim. 4:2-3).

Friday
Dec312010

All Teaching Ministries Are To Be Church Ministries

The teaching ministry must be a main emphasis in a Church if they intend to follow the New Testament pattern, and a sound Bible college can help achieve this.

“And when he had found him he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

Simply put, Antioch Baptist College is a church school. In order for the college to be an extension of the church, it must agree with the church in doctrine, ministry, and in purpose. Good secular schools are needed, but the NT Church is not called to train dentists, architects, and nurses. Humanistic state colleges may be proficient in their liberal Arts Majors, yet they would be wise to follow our example and stay out of the disciplines that they know nothing about. What a catastrophe when Godless universities try to instruct on matters of Theology, Religion, and the Origin of the Universe. Truly amazing when one considers that the word “university” meant ONE preeminent subject (Biblical Theology) with diverse lesser subjects revolving around the centrality of one absolute truth – GOD!

The second great concern of the Great Commission is: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Paul reiterated this in II Timothy 2:2:

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

How can a church have a clear conscience without having an eye on the future? What about the next generation? Who is going to effectively reach those not yet born!?

This is why we must not just teach disciples on how to become more Christian; we must train Christians how to make disciples.

Paul and Barnabas assembled and taught the disciples at Antioch for a whole year, and not just a few days a week!! No wonder the surrounding populous scorned and ridiculed them.

They were “Christios” first in Antioch. The people were so well taught and trained that they became zealous ambassadors for Christ. Tertullian wrote 200 years later that the church at Antioch grew to over 10,000!! The first Global Missionaries came out of Antioch (Acts 13:1-2), and you know the rest of the story.

Antioch Baptist College is a very important arm of the church. Decades from now, men and women will still be talking about how the Lord raised up a trend setter school, and how the training there was used of GOD to reach future generations. They will say, “ah, those were some good ole’ days!!”