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11.16.08 gbcvic sermons

A Rite is Right only if Law is not Wronged (Rm 2.25)

Our study of Romans moves from showing the insufficiency of even revealed religion to eradicate sin (Rm 2.17-24). Now Paul attacks confidence in the rites of revealed religion. Men made idols out of the rites of Judaism, thinking that their possession and performance of the rites meant they escaped God’s wrath towards sin, failing to realize that their sin invalidated their rituals. The same condition afflicts us today, even us as independent Baptists. We easily make our religious exercises into ‘magic’ rituals that act as ‘charms’ to keep us safe from condemnation. We think that if we regularly attend church, if we’ve been baptized, if we’ve prayed a prayer or walked an aisle, we’ve escaped! But we fail to understand that sins invalidate rituals. What we need is genuine Biblical repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ for our sins. From that faith decision flows the newness of life.

The Enchanted Grounds [Pilgrim’s Progress]

In this session we see Christian and Hopeful keeping themselves wakeful in the Enchanted Grounds by engaging in ‘well managed fellowship’. The specific topic that engages their minds is a discussion of Hopeful’s salvation testimony. In this section Bunyan gives us a clear picture of a soul under conviction and turning to Christ. We made our reading shorter this week to spend more time covering this section in detail.

For Our God is a Consuming Fire (Hb 12.25-29)

This afternoon we considered another distinctive of our Church life, reverent worship. Much has been said all over the world about worship in recent years, but we stand as a body of believers committed to conservative, reverent, traditional worship. By worship we mean more than music, but everything from music to offering to announcements to preaching and all the bits in between. Our reason for insisting on this kind of worship is found in Hb 12.18-29, as the Christian experience is compared to Mt Sinai and found to be far more solemn and far more holy than that awe inspiring experience. We intend to be reverent in worship because God is who He is.

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A smallish crowd today, but blessed services nonetheless.

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is separation a fundamental doctrine

This post commences a series of posts I intend to produce with respect to Kevin Bauder’s lectures at International Baptist College, delivered September 15, 16, and 17 of 2008. I posted earlier about my disagreement with Bauder’s view of history. (So far I have had no one challenge my recollection of the period, but that could only be a measure of the point of view of my paltry readership.) I also posted on a point Bauder made in the lectures that I thought was quite helpful.

The critical lecture in the series at IBC is lecture 10, the final lecture. In this lecture, I found several points of agreement on analyzing the current state of affairs, whatever one might think of the history that led to this point. In consequence, I do want to give credit for a very clear analysis of the essential difference between Fundamentalists and Conservative Evangelicals. It is essential that our people understand the difference and know that there is a difference! (It seems that some wish to deny a difference entirely. I submit that they are entirely wrong, and I think Bauder does, too.)

Now, from the critical tenth lecture in this series, I have twenty clips — a bit unwieldy for one post. I am planning a series of six posts using these clips as illustrative/foundational material for a discussion of what Bauder is saying. I agree with a most of what Bauder says in this lecture. I have some philosophical differences at some points, more with respect to some of his conclusions and present attitude towards what are called Conservative Evangelicals. We will have to work our way up to that.

This first post has to do with one clip and a mild objection to one of bro. Bauder’s assertions. Here is the clip.

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In this clip, [04:26] Is Separation a Fundamental, bro. Bauder is asserting that separation is not a fundamental doctrine, not a defining doctrine. A good deal of this lecture series is spent on defining ‘the circle’ or, ‘is you is, or is you ain’t a Christian’. The doctrines defining the circle would be gospel centred doctrines. Doctrines like the doctrine of sin, the doctrine of the substitutionary atonement, the doctrine of Christ as the perfect substitute (including doctrines of deity, impeccability, active atonement – death, burial, resurrection, return in judgement, etc.). The doctrines of heaven and hell, the doctrines of inspiration and so on are going to be related tangentially, at least, to this fundamental question, ‘who is a Christian?’ The doctrines that define the answer to that question must be considered a fundamental doctrine. These doctrines define the circle. If you answer one way, you are inside the circle, if you answer the other way, you are outside the circle.

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