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Australian Independent Baptist Newsletter

Pastor and Mrs. BennettMap of Australia

June 2006 #2

Dr. David C. Bennett, Editor (DCB)

PO Box 1241 – Dubbo – NSW – 2830 – AUSTRALIA

Phone/Fax 02-6884-2846


Permission is given to forward material contained in the AIB Newsletter.

Purpose: To inform and warn God's people of religious social, and political events in today's world.


Standing unashamedly for the King James Bible

Events in today's world. CHURCH 'COULD BE FORCED TO BLESS GAY WEDDINGS' 10 June 2006 (Edited by DCB) "New Government proposals on equality could require clergy to bless homosexual ‘weddings’ or face prosecution, the Church of England said..." These government proposals "...could undermine official teaching and require Christians to act against their religious convictions." "The Sexual Orientation (Provision of Goods and Services) Regulations will make discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation illegal in the same way as race or sex." The purpose of the regulations is to protect the sodomites from being deprived of "goods, facilities and services" based on their unnatural sexual penchant.

Editor’s Comment: The Sodomite movement was the main focus of the last AIB newsletter and sadly the movement continues to gather momentum. "In 1612 John Smyth wrote, ‘the magistrate is not by virtue of his office to meddle with religion, or matters of conscience’ from Wikipedia. SUTTON SAYS HE WANTS TO CLARIFY SBC’S IDENTITY & STRATEGY 8 June 2006 (Edited by DCB) It is said the SBC is now controlled by the "conservatives" and Jerry Sutton who pastors Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, TN is one of those "conservative". Sutton said that "Now that conservatives have won the doctrinal battles of the 1980s and ’90s, the SBC must be full of godly pastors and leaders to remain vital." If he is elected " the Southern Baptist Convention’s next president...he would work to address what he termed ‘confusion’ in and among SBC entities and state conventions over their roles and relationships." Sutton’s church, The Two Rivers Baptist Church, is associated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention even though Sutton says he is discontented with that Convention. He said he has verbalized his "...discontent with the Tennessee Baptist Convention because it’s weighted heavily with CBF [Cooperative Baptist Fellowship] people." Sutton says "we told them, ‘If you don’t get that straightened out and Belmont straightened out and Carson-Newman, that instead of sending all of our money through you, we’ll send you a certain amount of money." Then there is the International Mission Board’s management of missionaries who have a private prayer language. "Regarding contention over new IMB policies on baptism and private prayer language, Sutton said trustees have an obligation to safeguard the institution from doctrinal or other error." However Sutton said "With the tongues issue, I am not a cessationist who believes all the supernatural gifts stopped. At the same time, I am extremely uneasy with the subjectivism that comes with ‘I have a prayer language.’ I’m uneasy with that because there’s no way to verify that it’s authentic or synthetic, so to speak. Also, I’m uneasy about it in the sense that you have the trustees saying, ‘We don’t want to appoint any missionaries who have a prayer language’ when the president does. That is a pure double standard. And somehow that needs to be addressed."

Editor’s Comment: The denominationalism of the SBC and other like Christian organizations is, (1) not supported by Scripture and (2) all too often breeds cronyism and double standards. OPENNESS TO GOD’S OPPORTUNITIES UNDERSCORED AT PASTORS’ CONFERENCE 12 June 2006 (Edited by DCB) "If thousands of Southern Baptist pastors from across the United States came to the 2006 Pastors’ Conference to get inspiration for ‘Reaching Today’s World for Jesus Christ’ -- the theme of this year’s gathering -- they got what they came for in the Greensboro Coliseum June 11." The schedule of preachers and musicians "…included Johnny Hunt, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.; Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Dick Lincoln, pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C.; and Christian recording artist David Phelps."

Dick Lincoln "recounted how he never liked contemporary worship formats, compared to a more traditional style. But at the urging of some persistent members of his church, Lincoln said he decided six years ago to add a new worship service and allow it to be in a contemporary format. Despite his misgivings, Lincoln said more than 1,100 people showed up to the inaugural service.

Lincoln said that "If I knew at 30 years old what I know now, I would have a country western worship service and a contemporary worship service and a traditional worship service," he said. "Don’t let the culture of the saved determine your efforts to reach the world.... Don’t be against it just because you don’t like it. Someone may come to Christ because you were broadminded."

Editor’s Comment: This is new evangelical pragmatism! Rather than feeding the sinner more of their worldly desires in Christian wrapping, the Gospel of Christ has sinners turning "…to God from idols (worldly music, etc.) to serve the living and true God" 1 Thessalonians 1: 9. ADRIAN ROGERS WOULDN’T WANT A ‘NARROWER’ SBC, WIFE SAYS 12 June 2006 (Edited by DCB) "Joyce Rogers, widow of Adrian Rogers, longtime pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, commented on what she described is the narrowing of parameters in Southern Baptist life…during a tribute to her late husband in the Pastors’ Conference at the Greensboro Coliseum."

She said her husband "…was a gracious man who worked for unity in the body of Christ." She said "…he believed with all his heart that inerrancy was a hill big enough to die on. But under that umbrella, and the essentials of the faith, he sought for unity in the body of Christ, among Southern Baptists and the wider body of Christ." She said her husband "…would not have been a part of what is going on in some parts of our convention today, getting narrower and narrower about very highly interpretive issues." This statement touched "…off about 15 seconds’ worth of applause."

Editor’s Comment: Matthew 7:14 "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." What non-essential doctrine do you hold brethren? What doctrine are you willing to lay aside to work with another in the cause of evangelism? To the Bible believing preacher is there any doctrine not under the umbrella of "sound doctrine"? Do you preacher, ever stand behind the pulpit and begin your sermon by stating "the doctrine you are about to hear preached in this message fits under non-essential"? Again organizations such as the SBC and those organizations claiming to be composed of independent Baptist churches leads to cronyism and consigning certain doctrines to the idiom essential and non-essential.

Anabaptist leader Leendert Bouwens is quoted as saying "Go home and die first; I never bury living people." Leendert was referring to biblical baptism. As one would not bury a man who was not yet dead so baptism was not to be allowed for a man who had not yet died unto sin. With new evangelical pragmatism having infiltrated so many Baptist churches being dead to sin doesn’t seem very important.

Brethren, keep on the firing line and "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13.

Because of Calvary,

David C. Bennett, D. Min.

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