Easy Answers to Hard Questions:
1. Can a divorced man pastor an independent Baptist Church?
2. Is Contemporary Christian Music an acceptable form of worship in an independent Baptist church?
3. Do Baptist pastors have the authority to invite speakers into their pulpits who are unwilling to accept the Baptist identification?
4. Does an independent Baptist pastor have any Scriptural mandate to lead his church, as a body, into the political arena?
5. Should an independent Baptist Church be incorporated?
A. “A bishop then must be
blameless: 1 Tim. 3:2
(“not to be caught anywhere by an antagonist (used in wrestling)” (Bullinger)).
The thought is of having “no
handles” by which an opponent can catch hold:
Titus 1:6-7 (“unaccused, free from
any legal charge [in court]” (Zodhiates)).
A. Contemporary = “happening at the same time; present-day.”
God’s standard for church music
is found in Ephesians 5:18-19. Our music is an indication with what we are
“filled.” God commands that independent Baptist churches (and its members)
be filled with the Spirit, and not with the world (“wine”).
A. Our churches’ authority to exist comes from God through John the Baptist; passed on through Christ to the disciples, which was passed down through the centuries. Our Lord built His church to reflect Himself— distinct, unique, separate—(Matt. 16:13-20), which church(es) is His body(ies) and representative(s) on earth. To invite non Baptists into a Baptist pulpit is to deny what Jesus built, to deny His distinctness, and to deny His authority (Matt. 28:16-20). It says to the church, “Obedience to Christ’s first command (baptism/membership in a scriptural Baptist church) is up to men and not really that important.” It says to the disobedient, “We accept your disobedience, recognize your authority, and welcome you into our pulpit.” May it not be so!!
The churches of Jesus Christ are no where commanded to change
political systems, but are commanded
to go into all the world and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). As bodies of
Christ, Baptist churches represent Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world,
and the world’s need is not reformation, but salvation.
A. Incorporation is a State license which creates a separate “person,” relieving individuals of liability, and making them accountable to the State. “In civil law, it is the union of one domain to another.” Biblically, it is the conversion of the body of Christ into a serf of the State. It includes the State as an “interested party” in the affairs of the church. Therefore, the State now has the “right” to protect the “public interest” in matters of the church. It is the joining of Christ’s body to a harlot (1 Cor. 6:15). It is the admixture of light & darkness, righteousness & unrighteousness, believers & unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14; Eph 5:11; 6:12). It is wrong.
Q. Should a high profile independent Baptist preacher be allowed to escape church discipline?
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