I’m Thankful

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh ex-pressly, that in the latter times some shall de-part from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

There are so many things to be thankful about as an American Christian. I‘m thankful for the freedoms we enjoy, bought with the sacrifices of our fore-fathers and successive generations. I’m grateful to be part of a nation that attempts to export liberty throughout the world often at grave sacrifices. I’m blesses that America has sent more missionaries world wide since the 1880’s than any other nation ever.

Perhaps what I’m most grateful for today is my Christian heritage. By that I mean my Orthodox Fundamental Christian heritage. A heritage that goes back nearly 2,000 years standing for “the faith once delivered”. A stand which is taken on biblical truth (doctrine) and separation for error or ungodliness. Of course this movement is not without flaws or flawed people; but in my belief, that beats what is second. Sometimes we have been arrogant or prideful, caustic or ungracious in taking our positions. This position, however, does not alter biblical truth, behavior and separation from those who do not hold these beliefs.

Our church was founded on such a basis. The church originally (1952) was founded by people who held dear to the afore mentioned principals. They left the old, corrupt American Baptist Convention that was loaded with apostates and compromisers in their seminaries and foreign missions. They affiliated in a new organization (C.B.C) which lasted until 1968 when several churches like ours voted to leave the C.B.C. and just be independents because the seminaries and foreign missions had began to go down the road of compromise over the fundamentals and life of faith.

Because of their rich heritage we often are accused of being “legalistic, uncaring, or exclusionists. While this might be true of a rare few, it is overwhelmingly false. It is the Orthodox Fundamentalist that overwhelmingly plant churches world wide in obedience to the Great Commission. It is the Fundamentalist that start Bible Colleges and Seminaries or hospitals but the compromisers move in and take them over to our shame.

With this in mind we are privileged to have Dr. David Sorenson with us on Dedication Sunday, November 4th, 2018. He is a pastor, theologian, and author of several books. One of his most recent books is titled Broad is the Way (Fundamentalists Merging into the Evangelical Mainstream). I am sure the theme of this book will be the heart of his messages. Mark this date, bring your Bible, your heart, and your appetite.

 

Pastor Ron Tobin

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