Standing in your place
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The Resurrection was required for eternal life
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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Let me say here at the beginning of the article…We are not at all in agreement with the Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas. Their acts are deplorable, even demonic and unscriptural. I do not know of any Church, including any Independent, Fundamental Baptist Church that agrees with these demented people.
Let it be known at this point that the Bible is a fundamental book, inspired by God Himself, for 2 Peter 1:21 states, “For the prophesy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 states, “All Scripture is give by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
God intended from the beginning that man would know what God wanted him to know, and believe what God wanted him to believe. At this place it is important to point to 2 Tim. 2:15 where we see the instruction of Paul to Timothy to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” This lack of rightly dividing the word of truth has resulted in a multitude of denominations divided by doctrine. I have encountered hundreds of people over the years that stated, “I don’t believe it matters where you go to church.” Strangely though, these same people think it matters where you shop, where you buy a car, where you work, etc. Notice in 2 Tim. 4:1-4 the Charge to Timothy to “preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;…” We can deduct from this text as well as 2 Tim 3:16-17 that it matters where you go to Church.
I did not set out in the early days of my Christian life to become a fundamental Baptist. I believed the truth and the truth led me to become a fundamental Baptist.
I am not a fundamental Baptist because I want to be different. I am not a fundamental Baptist because it is a popular denomination. I am not a fundamental Baptist because it was closest to my home. I am not a fundamental Baptist because it is a good place to make connections and increase business. I am not a fundamental Baptist because the Church has more activities for all my family. I am not a fundamental Baptist because my family or friends go there to Church. I am not a fundamental Baptist because I like the choir or the ball team or the youth program or feel comfortable.
You may wonder why I mentioned the above as to why I am not a Fundamental Baptist. It is because of the many hundreds of people over the years that have given me these reasons for their church affiliation.
Now let me tell you why I am a Fundamental Baptist.
- I am a fundamental Baptist because of the Biblical stand taken on the Bible. It is God’s inspired, preserved word. Psalm 12:6-7
- I am a fundamental Baptist because of the Biblical stand taken on the Salvation of a soul. Eph. 2:8-9
- I am a fundamental Baptist because of the Biblical stand taken on the eternal security of believers. ( Eph. 1:3-14 )
- I am a fundamental Baptist because of the Biblical stand taken on the sanctification of believers. ( 1 Thess. 4:1-8 )
- I am a fundamental Baptist because of the Biblical stand taken on the second coming of Christ, before the tribulation. ( 1 Thess. 4:13-18 )
These are just a few of the things that make me a Fundamental Baptist.
I am a Fundamental Baptist because I know of no other doctrinal position that is closer to the Biblical description of a Church found in the Bible and if I did, I would become that. My position is BIBLE BASED.
I do not believe Fundamental Baptist are the only ones going to Heaven. I believe all who are truly Born Again through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for the sin of the world, will go to heaven.
I can differ with others on issues not related to Salvation and still enjoy the promise of heaven with them. However, I will take a Biblical stand without compromise in other areas of the Christian life, such as separation from the world, mode of baptism, style of worship etc.
I take the liberty given to me by God to expound the errors of others in doctrine and practice. I take it as a personal charge to me and all other God-called preachers to “Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come (has 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