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May 22, 2019

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May 22, 2019

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This is a continuing feature that will appear in each edition of LOGOS going forward. A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. This week's missionary couple is Bruce and Jessica Crockett. They are church planters in Kalispell, Montana. You can reach them at Gateway Church, 2010 Whitefish Stage, Kalispell, MT 59901. You can also reach them at bruce.w.crockett@gmail.com.

They are asking us to pray with them for Gateway Church as they desire to engage the city of Columbia Falls and make disciples who make disciples. Pray for revival to spark in the West and the world.

Nine out of ten residents in the western United States do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for the lost to come to the light of Jesus Christ!

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study: Genesis

The Thursday Morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson continues a study in Genesis each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. This bible study is open to anyone who has the time available. They meet in the east end (opposite the Kitchen) of the Fellowship Hall.

Annual Church Picnic Rescheduled for May 26

The Annual Church Picnic has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 26. We will start eating at 5:30 p.m. This Sunday's worship folder will have the information regarding what you are asked to bring.

The church will provide grilled pork roast and grilled beef roast.

2019 Vacation Bible School Planning Meeting

The next VBS Planning meeting for this year's Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be Thursday, May 30. We can use a few more volunteers to make our ratio numbers correct. . If you can volunteer (the dates are June 10-14), please contact the Church Office at 793-5670.

This year's theme is, “In The Wild!” “Throw on your camera strap and buckle your seatbelt. VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get In The Wild at this summer’s VBS.”

Vacation Bible School Registration Is NOW Open!

Registration is now open for this year's Vacation Bible School. The dates are June 10-14, and the hours are 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day.

Registration forms are on the table in the foyer, and in the Church Office. You may also register online at fbcw.info.

UPDATE: The Pre-K class, and 1st & 2nd are now full!

Have a GOSPEL CONVERSATION!

On Sunday, March 10, Pastor Terry shared in the message that we need to be having Gospel Conversations. There is a three-fold application. Have these conversations with fellow church members; have them with a fellow believer at work, in the neighborhood, or at the ball field (etc …); and have them with someone around you who asks a lot of questions about your faith and church life. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, the bible teaches that all followers of Christ are His ambassadors! Therefore, we should be having Gospel Conversations as His ambassadors! Here is a sample GOSPEL CONVERSATION:

“Hi, My name is ____________________! I want to tell you that Jesus died for my sins and for your sins; that he was buried; and that on the third day he rose from the grave. He offers eternal life to anyone who confesses that he is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead! I am a believer! I hope you are too! Thank you for listening!

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Recite it over and over again! Pray for God's leading as you share it. Then get busy!

Bible Distribution Rescheduled for Saturday, June 1

The Bible Distribution originally scheduled for Saturday, May 4, has been postponed one week to Saturday, June 1. Meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. for prayer and assignments.

Also, we will need three pickup trucks to carry the bibles for those distributing. If you can volunteer your truck, please contact Pastor Terry Townsend, or Pastor Michael Pait.

Study of The Apostles' Creed Continues Tonight, May 22

Pastor Terry will continue the study of The Apostles' Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits, by Dr. Albert Mohler (President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). The study will continue each Wednesday thereafter. As Southern Baptists, we do not have a creed, per se. However, we do have a collection of statements of our beliefs.

Dr. Albert Mohler has written a book discussing the theological statements contained in The Apostles' Creed. The book and the Bible will be the sources for the study which will take us well into the summer. The hardcover book is available online for under $16 on Amazon. The ebook is available online for $9.99. The Apostles' Creed dates back to the fourth century. It is amazing that such a non-biblical document could have such an impact on Christian doctrine and the world since that time.

Tonight's subject: God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

Should Christians Just Admit That The Bible 'Got It Wrong' And Move On?

By Dr. Albert Mohler

April 30, 2019

This article is reprinted from the website, www.albertmohler.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend

Sometimes, a headline says it all. A recent article appeared in the USA Today by Oliver Thomas with such a headline. It reads, “American churches must reject literalism and admit we got it wrong on gay people.”

The article begins with a provocative statement: “Churches will continue hemorrhaging members until we face the truth: Being a faithful Christian does not mean accepting everything the Bible teaches.”

What teachings of the Bible does Thomas have in mind that Christians must reject? He targets passages that expressly condemn homosexuality and the entire array of LGBTQ sexual ethics. Moreover, the source of the Church’s error, he argues clearly, is not a misinterpretation of the Scriptures. Rather, the Bible got it wrong—the biblical authors were bound by time, culture, and an antiquated worldview that wrongly encumbered and vilified homosexual behavior.

Thomas laments the current positions held by many evangelical Christians. He writes, “A sad thing is happening in America. The church is killing itself. A great revelation has occurred that is bringing joy and happiness to millions, but it is being met with resistance and retrenchment from many of my colleagues inside the church.” Oliver Thomas makes a bold claim by using the word “revelation”—his argument is a revelatory argument, which suggests that God has revealed new truth to the world, but not through the Bible. The genesis of this new revelation is sociological experience.

He explains the “what” behind the revelation, writing, “The revelation is that LGBTQ people are just like the rest of us—only LGBTQ… People don’t choose their sexual orientation any more than they choose their race or gender. This is what lay behind a recent comment by Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, that Vice President Mike Pence’s quarrel—if he has one—is not with the mayor. ‘Your quarrel, sir,’ said the openly gay Democratic presidential candidate, ‘is with my creator.’”

He also chronicles what he believes to be the tragic developments in the United Methodist Church, which has, by his estimation, moved towards the wrong side of history by affirming the traditional Christian teaching on sexuality and gender.

Oliver Thomas believes that the source of the church’s modern troubles stems from an erroneous approach to the Bible. “Here is the corner we have painted ourselves into.The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it. Yet, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures did not float down from heaven perfect and without error. They were written by men, and those men made mistakes.”

In just a few words, Thomas has denied the position of the believing Church since its inception -- that the Scriptures are holy and stand as the inspired, authoritative Word of the living God. This is an explicit denial of sola Scriptura. We can at least credit Thomas for his candor—he does not hedge nor equivocate. In his view, the Bible has simply erred.

Moreover, Thomas dismisses a fantastical view of inspiration that in no way accords with the Bible’s internal witness. He depicted Christian belief in the inspiration of the Scriptures as the sacred writings floating down from heaven.

Of course, Christians do not believe the Bible simply descended from the heavens. The Apostle Peter told us that “no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 2:1). Furthermore, the Apostle Paul wrote that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).

This is the verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture—the Bible did not spiral out of the heavens but came as God’s unfolding revelation through the ages. The Holy Spirit guided human authors to write his holy, infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word. Thomas rightly stated that the Scriptures were indeed written by men. He fails to recognize, however, that God protected the authors of Scripture from error.

The impetus of Thomas’ charge is moral. The Bible does not correspond to his moral and ethical worldview, which celebrates the entire array of the LGBTQ spectrum. The sexual revolution has no compatibility with the Bible—so the Scriptures must be tossed out as erroneous artifacts of a bygone age.

A new revelation has come. This revelation demands the normalization of the LGBTQ morality. The Church has been wrong for two-thousand years because the Bible was wrong.

Thomas tries to cite an oft-deployed argument from liberal Protestants against the evangelical position on biblical sexuality. Not long ago, the Church defended slavery and segregation because the Bible led them there. When Christians liberated themselves from the authority of the Bible, they realized the evils of slavery and segregation.

We can see what Oliver Thomas is doing, but the Christians who pressed heroically for the end of slavery and the slave trade did not argue that the Bible was in error.

Thomas also cites the Bible’s teaching regarding women. Thomas writes, “While the Apostle Paul…exhorted women to submit to their husbands and keep silent in church,reason and experience taught otherwise. Despite Catholic and evangelical resistance, more and more of today’s churches are elevating women to positions of leadership and authority.”

Thomas has now moved away from the word “revelation” and instead used “reason and experience” as his authorities for truth and meaning. He continues to argue, “Churches will continue hemorrhaging members and money at an alarming rate until we muster the courage to face the truth: We got it wrong on gays and lesbians. This shouldn’t alarm or surprise us. We have learned some things that the ancients—including Moses and Paul—simply did not know. Not even Jesus, who was fully human and therefore limited to what first century humans knew, could know about cancer, schizophrenia, atomic energy and a million other things the centuries have taught us.”

This amounts to a complete rejection and full broadside assault against the authority of the Bible. Truth is defined by the subjective emotivism rather than the enduring and objective truth from the transcendent God. Thomas condescendingly dismisses Moses and Paul as inspired authors and instead depicts them as any other ancients bound by a pre-modern, harmful worldview.

But Thomas does not merely throw Moses and Paul under the bus. He lumps Jesus—the divine logos, very God of very God—into the same category of an antiquated ancient figure with no authority to speak into the issues of modernity.

Yes, Jesus was truly man; but he was also truly God. His humanity does not mean he did not know all there is to know, except for what the Father had not yet told him regarding the date upon which he would return. In John chapter two, the Apostle tells us that Jesus knew everything. He did not need to be told what wasinman because he had made man. There is nothing in the cosmos that escapes Jesus’ knowledge; and not because he learned it all but because he created it all.

Near his conclusion Oliver Thomas argues, “It’s difficult to watch good people (and the churches are full of them) buy into the sincere but misguided notion that being a faithful Christian means accepting everything the Bible teaches.”

This is a rejection of the Church’s very responsibility; indeed, this is a rejection of the responsibility of every thoughtful Christian and disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. The existence of the Scriptures means that our God speaks, he speaks truth, and he has revealed himself that we might know him. It is, therefore, our responsibility to study the Bible, to understand its spectacular unfolding of God’s plan, to revel in the unfolding story of God’s redemption, to apply the Scripture’s worldview to our lives, and to obey its imperatives.

Where you find a church, you find the right preaching of the Word of God. Where you do not find the Word of God honored, there is no church.

Indeed, Oliver Thomas wrongly asserts that once Christians liberate themselves from the authority of God’s word that they will then see their pews filled and the collection plate overflowing. The exact opposite is true. Where you find churches jettison the Word, you find empty pews. Liberal Protestant churches have steadily declined because they have “liberated” themselves from a biblical worldview.

They have sacrificed the Scriptures on the altar of cultural relevance—the results reveal dying churches and denominations. Once you abandon the Scriptures, you have no life, no hope, no good news to offer. Your moral, therapeutic deism is a hollow promise that offers no life.

This story underlines the importance of the conservative recovery of the Southern Baptist Convention over the last several decades. I knew Oliver Thomas more personally as “Buzz.” His is a very affable and friendly attorney who served as the general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs. Buzz Thomas had a remarkable career, especially on the issues of religious liberty. He put together the coalition that led to the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993.

The Southern Baptist Convention, however, defunded the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs precisely because it did not represent the convictions of Southern Baptists on many issues like the authority of God’s Word.

Had the conservative recovery—the reformation of the Southern Baptist Convention—not happened, Thomas’ argument would now be made from the inside rather than from the outside of the leadership of my own denomination.

This issue, therefore, is not personal but deeply theological and now public, given that Oliver Thomas published his views in the USA Today.

Interestingly, Oliver Thomas made a very similar argument in another opinion piece for USA Today in 2010. He is apparently frustrated that conservative Christians are declining his advice.

Thomas’ article ends with a question: “What does loving my neighbor—and my enemy—as myself look like?” It looks like not withholding the words of eternal life.

Dr. Albert Mohler is President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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