A Resolution on the Cross

Note: The following resolution was passed at the 2008 GARBC Conference, held June 24-27, 2008, in Ankeny, Iowa.
GARBC ConferenceWHEREAS the subject of the cross of Christ is central and indispensable to the gospel (1 Cor. 1:17—2:2) and is vitally related to Bible doctrines such as substitutionary atonement, propitiation, redemption, justification, and reconciliation; and

WHEREAS the cross of Christ reveals to humankind something about the very nature of God, including His justice (Rom. 3:25, 26), His love (Rom. 5:8), and His wisdom (the message of the gospel, including the crucifixion of Christ, is the very wisdom of God; 1 Cor. 2:6–8); and

WHEREAS the death of Christ on the cross is the basis for the believer’s justification (Rom. 3:25, 26), the ground for the believer’s cleansing (1 John 1:7), and victory over sin (Rom. 6:1–10), and the foundation for the judgment of Satan and his demons (Col. 2:15; John 12:31); and

WHEREAS the cross of Christ influences the believer’s life by ensuring peace with God (Rom. 5:1, 9, 10; Col. 1:20), by fostering a changed relationship to the world (Gal. 6:14), by establishing a new life of faith (Gal. 2:20), and by supplying a model for Biblical love (Eph. 5:1, 2); and
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A Resolution Concerning Israel

Note: The following resolution was passed at the 2008 GARBC Conference, held June 24-27, 2008, in Ankeny, Iowa.
GARBC ConferenceAs a result of God’s sovereign choice, the people of Israel are beloved for the sake of the patriarchs (Romans 11:28). God entrusted them as a people with His oracles (3:2). He adopted them as sons; He revealed to them His glory; He brought them into a covenantal relationship with Himself; and He blessed them with the Torah, the temple service, and the promises (9:4). Also, the people of Israel are the ones through whom the Messiah, Who is over all, entered into this world according to the flesh (9:5).

These gifts of God to Israel and His sovereign election of this people are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). Thus, God most certainly has not cast them away (11:1), nor has He renounced His promise that the Land belongs to the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob forever (Genesis 13:15; Exodus 6:8).

In light of these Biblical truths, we reaffirm our steadfast adherence to our Articles of Faith that express our shared belief “in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people” (Article XVIII). Read more about A Resolution Concerning Israel

A Short History of American Exceptionalism in Letters and Speeches

Note: This article was originally published at SI on July 4, 2006.
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American Exceptionalism is a concept that has been long debated, but by and large only men who have believed in such a concept have received the vote of their fellow countrymen to be their leader. Below are documents that proclaim the “exceptional” experience that is America. Anyone who has never read all of these documents is poorer by far, but those who have read them and thought on them are greatly enriched. It is these documents that have brought millions to our shores, “yearning to be free.” I encourage you to read them and to enjoy your heritage of freedom. These quotes are adapted from Jonathan Foreman’s book The Pocket Book of Patriotism.
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Book Review: Biblical Separation, 2nd Edition

Pickering, Ernest D. Biblical Separation: The Struggle for a Pure Church. 2nd edition. Schaumburg, Ill: Regular Baptist Press, 2008. Paperback, 264 pp. $14.99.

(Review copies courtesy of Regular Baptist Press.)

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ISBNs: 9780872278035

Excerpts: TOC & Introduction (13 pages); Chapter One (16 pages)

Subjects: Ecclesiology, Fundamentalism, Separation
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The Acid Test

Handling Life’s Pain

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15a, NKJV).

I enjoy God’s people! I find them fascinating. Each is a trophy of God’s grace. As a pastor, I try to never forget that truth.tetreau_pain.jpg Remembering that fact helps me with the stewardship responsibilities an under-shepherd has both to the Chief Shepherd as well as to the sheep. With God’s children, I almost always find an accumulation of a “story.” Each of us has a story about God’s goodness in leading him to and through faith in the person and cross work of Jesus of Nazareth. The Holy Spirit leaves His thumb print embossed on the believer’s heart and life. He gives his faith a discernment to receive certain spiritually discerned truths of God’s Word and of course an honored collection of spiritual gifts to function within Christ’s body. But in order to grow us in the knowledge and image of Christ, God takes His children through the crucible of life’s challenges. Most of God’s children regularly go through cycles of uncomfortable and difficult times. Solomon said that the problems of life are as predictable as the sparks flying upward from a fire (Job 5:7). God reveals in His Word that He has a myriad of reasons to allow troubles to assault His children.
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Graceful Modesty

Note: This article was originally published at SI on June 20, 2006.
Stainless SteelConcerns over our immodest culture are not swirling in the religious sector alone. Scrambling to bring a semblance of decency to the educational process, the Florida public schools in my own beloved Pinellas County declared a “classroom cover-up” war this past year, initiating a strict dress code that even prohibits sleeveless garments. One thing is certain: As the extreme indecent fashions of our day prompt the resurrection, enforcement, and establishment of dress codes in institutions across our country, the discovery will be made that rules carry little power to legislate modesty.
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