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Pray for the Bennetts in Australia as they with God's help and for His glory are seeking to establish: Western Plains Baptist Fellowship, and Gilgandra Baptist Fellowship as New Testament Baptist churches.
 

HOW DID IT HAPPEN?

David C. Bennett, D. Min.

 

Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” 16:5 “And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.”

2 Corinthians 11:28 “Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”

Revelation 2:7 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches...”

How did America come to elect a President that would probably “Fail Security Clearance”?[1] How did America come to elect a President that “believes gays and lesbians should have the same rights to adopt children as heterosexuals”?[2] How did America elect a President that favours partial-birth abortion which the now deceased fellow Democrat “Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called ‘too close to infanticide’”?[3] How did America get to the place where many “young evangelicals” would vote for such a man because they are “‘attracted to a broader agenda’ beyond abortion and homosexuality, that includes the environment, poverty, human rights and torture”?[4]

This situation did not happen over-night but it began years ago. It began in the churches and has regretfully brought America to where it is today.  What are some of the changes that have taken place in the churches and para-church organizations?

The first change is the foundation for all other changes. That change is the abandonment of the King James Bible. For the older new evangelical it goes something like this, “I love the King James Version. I was converted under it, my first memory verses were taken from it, and I have been blessed by it. And God still uses the KJV to bring many people to salvation in Christ. This version was translated by godly men who did an excellent job with the tools they had in the language of four centuries ago. Countless millions have been converted, sanctified, and nurtured through it. Thank God for that marvelously used translation.

The KJV is not, however, the best translation to use today. This is so for two reasons: (1) it adds to the Word of God and (2) it has now-obscure and misleading renderings of God’s Word.”[5] They love it BUT. With friends like this who needs enemies?

Among the fundamentalists the abandonment of the King James Bible for other versions would probably never have occurred if it was not for the schools where the pastors were trained. The main culprit in this is the “citadel” of fundamentalism Bob Jones University (BJU). A printed BJU statement[6] says “Although Bob Jones University does not hold to a King James Only position, we continue to hold the widely-used King James Version as the campus standard in the classroom and in the chapel pulpit.” Now why does BJU continue to use the King James Bible as the campus standard in the classroom and chapel? Is it because they truly regard it as the very best English translation of God’s Words in the English language? The answer to that question is No.    

BJU’s statement continues by saying that “The position of the University on the translation issue has not changed since the founding of the school in 1927. We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible in the original manuscripts, and we believe that God has supernaturally preserved every one of His inspired words for us today.” BJU says they believe “in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible in the original manuscripts” which by the way do not exist today. In fact would anyone at BJU recognize one of the original books of the Bible if they saw it? Probably not.

Then the BJU statement continues by saying they believe “God has supernaturally preserved every one of His inspired words for us today.” But where are these preserved words that BJU believes are in existent? Are they in the Received Text or the Critical Greek Text which has gone through over 25 revisions? If they are in the Received Text then BJU should be using that Text in their Greek department. If those preserved words are in the most recent Critical Greek Text used in their Greek department then they should be honest and discard the King James Bible in the classroom and chapel for one of the new versions, NASV, NIV, etc., based on the Critical Greek Text.

The BJU statement continues “However, from the Founder to the present administration, we have never taken the position that there can be only one good translation in the English language.” BJU has taken a position whether they admit it or not. The Critical Text they use in their Greek department differs from the Received Text underlying the King James Bible in 8,000 places. Dr. Jack Moorman says that between the Received Text and the Critical Text “There are 8,032 variation units! A variation unit may consist of a single word or many words-and at times entire verses.”[7]

Those English Bible versions based on the Critical Text therefore will also differ from the King James Bible in a multitude of places. This double standard of BJU where they use the King James Bible in the classroom and chapel but the Critical Greek Text in the Greek department has opened the door for blatant criticism of the King James Bible from the pulpits of BJU graduates. The preacher trained at Bob Jones or one of their daughter schools such as, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and Northland Baptist Bible College,  will now say something like “This passage would be better translated this way” or “The better manuscripts say” or “The older manuscripts say”. What this has promoted is the average church member questioning the accuracy and therefore the authority of the Bible. When the Christian questions the accuracy and authority of God’s Words it is then easier to lead the people into exchanging the King James Bible for a version. After this the church is ready for other changes.

The FIRST CHANGE therefore was the abandonment of the King James Bible. When the Bible is questioned as to its accuracy and authority it is not long until the SECOND CHANGE OCCURS which is: the music! Rather than the old hymns new “contemporary” and often charismatic influenced songs are introduced. With the new songs the song leader is replaced with the “worship leader”. It is as though the churches never worshipped God before the “worship” leader was introduced. A worship team is also brought in along with the praise band and rather than song books the words are projected onto a screen. Do these changes promote real worship or worldliness? John Styll, a promoter of contemporary music, in speaking to the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary said “What contemporary Christian music has done is make the worship experience more relevant and therefore more meaningful to a new generation...But the danger is contemporary music is very performance-oriented. The line between worship and entertainment can very easily get blurred. Music in worship should draw our attention toward God, but contemporary music often draws attention to itself."[8]

What is contemporary? According to Southern Baptist Josh Hunt being contemporary “...has to do with selection of songs, instrumentation, and ‘feel’.” Hunt goes on to say that “A bigger factor than the selection of songs is instrumentation (Emphasis in the original). You could take a very traditional selection of songs, add the right instruments and the right feel and it would sound reasonable contemporary. Drums are the biggest factor here. More than perhaps any other single factor, drums separate contemporary from traditional.”[9]

Ah, those drums! To conclude this point it was interesting to read Mr. Hunt say “People who like contemporary music tend to have different opinions on a wide variety of things, such as denominational loyalty, church government, how money is spent, and ethical issues such as drinking in moderation.”[10] Are the recent 2008 USA Presidential election results a product of the contemporary worship found in so many churches? Do a little research and see what issues these contemporary worship Christians are concerned with.

The change in music along with changing the Bible brings with it the third change and what Hunt calls no “denominational loyalty”. Sorry, but being a Baptist is not necessarily denominational loyalty but simply identifying what one believes and practices.  The name Independent Baptist or Southern Baptist further identifies. This identification is lost in the contemporary worship scene and ecumenism thrives within this landscape. An example of this ecumenism is the type of missionary candidates accepted by an independent Baptist mission agency in the mission’s 2008 Candidate class. This independent Baptist mission agency which once only accepted those from independent Baptist churches is now accepting missionary candidates from non-Baptist churches and some from Southern Baptist churches.[11] As Southern Baptist Josh Hunt admits “We are Baptist, although we work with a wide variety of denominations.”[12]  If you have never served on the foreign field with a mission agency that has field councils you would not understand but in a field council situation a person who was a Baptist by conviction there would definitely have to be compromise in some areas in order to co-operate with these non-Baptists and Southern Baptists.

The first three changes have led to a fourth change which is the way people dress for the services of the church. Today’s contemporary preacher often dresses in jeans, an open shirt and sometimes he will wear a sport coat. Supposedly this makes the preacher look more casual and consequently the service more casual and not too “churchy”. Many churches distribute literature promoting people to just come dressed as they are. Now to be sure a man does not need to wear a suit and tie or a woman a dress, to get saved but after one is saved will there be a change in how they want to come to the house of God and worship their Saviour? The maniac in Mark 5:15 is said to have been naked before his encounter with the Lord but was “clothed” after his encounter with the Lord Jesus. Where he was once naked he was now clothed. Does meeting Jesus Christ change the way we dress? Paul reminds us in 2Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Would the homosexual crowd be as bold as they are now if the churches had stayed with the King James Bible? Would adultery be as prominent on the American scene as it is today if the churches had stayed with the King James Bible?

 These are only four changes but there are other changes which could be expounded. One other change that has developed is in evangelism. An independent Baptist missionary in South Africa is now teaching movement and dance as an evangelistic outreach![13] Sadly Independent Baptist churches support this man believing he is at least doing something! This kind of thinking will lead to who knows what all in the name of evangelism!

These changes have not strengthened the churches but have rather brought more of the world into the churches. As the clock ticks on toward the rapture the churches seem to be drawing closer to the world. God’s Word says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” 1John 2:15. But in quoting this verse the contemporary worship crowd who holds to “drinking in moderation” want to argue over what is worldliness? Let them argue but God says “come out from among them, and be ye separate” 2Corinthians 6:17 and “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” because “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” 2Timothy 4:2, 3.

Simply put, America is facing the liberal, socialistic, immoral, financially greedy, irreligious present day situation because the churches have exchanged their Bible for versions and paraphrases, godly music for the world’s music, dress and worship standards for carnal appeal, separation for inclusiveness and all for the sensual pleasure of living “after their own lusts” 2 Timothy 4: 3.    

 

 
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Missionaries David and Pamela Bennett

The Bennetts Serving the Lord in Australia Since 1979.

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