“Who is on the LORD’s side?” Exodus 32:26
This was the message topic in the Ebenezer meeting 2 Saturdays ago preached by Bro. Clement, a FEBC student who is a True Life BP Church member. He recounted the Verbal Plenary Preservation (VPP) doctrine in which many families in True Life BP Church were divided and many tears shed as a result of the split. There is a price to pay for holding on to the truth of God’s Word and be faithful in preaching and defending the truth. The doctrine of VPP is biblical and it is absurd to say that VPP is a heresy because we believe that God has preserved 100% of His words.
I can recall at the height of the VPP doctrinal issue that Tabernacle BP Church has to decide on which side we are. We want to be on the Lord’s side and by God’s grace, we stated our position clearly in our Church constitution that we believe in the VPP doctrine. If it is taught in God’s Word, we must not be afraid of the majority who is against it. Yes, we are in the minority of the BP Churches who hold to the VPP doctrine but we are not ashamed of it. We thank God for the strength and grace that Tabernacle BP Church is stedfast in earnestly contending for the faith.
Will our Sons continue to defend the Faith?
This question rings in me when I think of the next generation leaders in Tabernacle BP Church. Will they continue to defend the Faith? Sadly, history has generally shown that Churches and Bible Colleges crumple and fall away after 2 to 3 generations. The BP Church with a history of 61 years since it started in 1950 is a classic example of such falling away to depart from the truth.
I heard this remark which describes the attitude of each generation:
Forefathers: The Church is an experience of God’s power
Grand fathers: The Church is an inheritance
Fathers: The Church is a convenience
Children: The Church is a nuisance
The only way to ensure our next generation leaders are faithful is to follow the biblical pattern as laid down in 2 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.” May we be faithful to teach our younger ones the Word of God and be examples to them in living out the Word of God.
“The love of many shall wax cold” Matthew 24:12
The sign of the end times is a coldness towards the things of God. We are indifferent and have no zeal in the Kingdom of God. Sadly, it is the things of the world that excite us a lot. Do we not see this even in our Church today? How about you? Pray that God will revive our hearts and have mercy upon us.
Elder John Leong
William Carey Preached Deathless Sermon
The sermon that William Carey preached on this day has been called deathless. Mission text books agree that it changed the world. Thousands, perhaps millions have read or quoted the two most remarkable phrases from it : “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God!”
A poorly-educated cobbler, William Carey always sought to teach himself new things. He was converted to Christ by dissenters (English Christians who operated outside of the official Church of England). Immediately he recognized that others also needed Christ. He began to preach and strained even harder to educate himself, going hungry and allowing his family to suffer so that he could buy himself books. He became a Baptist pastor.
Reading Captain Cook’s voyages gave him a heart for world missions. The people that Cook wrote about needed Christ. At that time, Protestants were doing little to spread the gospel world wide. Hans Egede in Greenland, the Moravians in the West Indies, David Brainerd and John Eliot in America had undertaken efforts, but the reformation church at large was idle.
But when William spoke up in behalf of missions, an older pastor responded with a withering rebuke. “Young man, sit down : when God pleases to convert the heathen, he will do it without your aid or mine.”
William sat down on that occasion, but he didn’t sit back. He was the kind of man, who once he begins a thing, must go through with it. He gathered facts and statistics, Bible commands and commonsense arguments demolishing the position of those who said the church should do nothing. The result was a book called An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen.
On this day, May 31, 1792, at ten in the morning, he addressed his fellow Baptists at a Nottingham conference. He took as his Isaiah 54:1, 2 : ‘Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.’ As he saw it, this was a challenge for missionary work. It was a challenge for faith. “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God!” he urged.
“If all the people had lifted up their voices and wept,” said Dr. Ryland, “…it would only have seemed proportionate to the cause; so clearly did Mr. Carey prove the criminality of our supineness [lying down] in the cause of God!” But his listeners seemed indifferent.
At their meeting the next day, they said the venture was too big for them. Carey seized Fuller’s arm and, in deep distress asked whether they were once more going to go their separate ways without doing anything. This final plea made the difference. The gathering put forward a resolution for drawing up plans to form a Baptist Mission Society. William Carey became their first missionary.
(Adapted from http://www.christianity.com/ChurchHistory/11630317/?utm_source=Christian%20Living%20Connection%20-%20Christianity.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=06/01/2011/)