EVALUATING THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE TEXAS RAID OF APRIL 3, 2008

Kenneth F. Pierpont, M.Ed, M.Div, D.Min.

On April 3, 2008, the State of Texas raided the compound of the Fundamental Church of Latter Day Saints near Eldorado. Child Protective Services (CPS) with a signed warrant was the authority for the raid.

Local authorities claimed that they had suspected the ranch called “Yearning For Zion” was actually a polygamous community operating in violation of Texas law. The local sheriff was interviewed on television and indicated that he had an “inside person” giving him information about the group. He denied that the person was actually a member of the group, however. [Read more…]

WHAT IS A BAPTIST?

WHAT IS A BAPTIST?

A couple of weeks ago, I preached on “The Seven Baptist Distinctives.”

Here they are, shown for you, in the event you ever wondered what a Baptist was or is.

Sometimes you may see the Baptist distinctives shown by way of an acrostic such as the beginning of the one here:

B= Born again through God’s Word

A= Accepting the Bible as God’s Word

P= Priesthood of all Believers

T= Two Ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

You get the idea.

This is all right but the listing I have given below is better and more to the point.

Before I show you the list of Baptist Distinctives together with Scripture references, let me say that throughout history there have been churches which have held to some or even all of the seven convictions I am listing, but not all that many. Baptists are not the only ones who “have it right” and we understand that. Nevertheless, Baptist believers have suffered much to defend these Bible principles. Many have died for them. Here they are:

1. SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST

Ep 2:8-9; Ga 2:16

2. THE BIBLE THE ONLY RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE

II Tm 3:16-17; Mt 5:17-18

3. BELIEVER’S BAPTISM

Ac 2:41; Ac 16:14-15; Ac 16:32-34

4. A REGENERATE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Ac 2:47; Ro 16:3

5. THE PRIESTHOOD OF EVERY BELIEVER

I Pe 2:9; Re 1:6; I Tm 1:5

6. SOUL LIBERTY (Sometimes called freedom of religion)

Ac 5:29; Ac 15:36-41

7. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

Lk 20:25; Ro 13:1-7; I Pe 2:13-14

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WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CANON OF SCRIPTURE

Introduction

Psalm 119:89 says: “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” (NASB)
II Timothy 3:16 says: “All Scripture is inspired by God…” (NASB)

At the beginning of this twenty-first century the cock-sure ignorance of modern man has touched the subject of the content of Scripture in a number of ways with the result that now the formerly settled identity of Scripture is itself under fire.

Always, in my ministry, we have made Bibles available to boys and girls as a reward for reciting the names of the Bible books in order from Genesis to Revelation. Forty-five years ago, at the beginning of my ministry, I never dreamed that anyone would ever question whether or not these books themselves would come under question as belonging in the Bible and that to the exclusion of all others.

Alas, now a movement seems to be under way to subvert the confidence of Christian people as to what is truly the full Bible and what is not.

This subject necessarily involves a concept about which the Christian public seldom hears discussion or even gives attention. I refer to the word “canon.”

The word is “canon”, not “cannon” which would be the word if we were discussing an army field gun. Every Christian, in our day, needs to know the truth about the canon of Scripture, spelled c-a-n-o-n.
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