"The people who will plant churches around the world are learning from you pastor, so train them well, train them to love God's word, train them to love God's gospel, train them to love and value and esteem the church, train them to love the Lord's Supper... Stop sending missionaries who don't know how to define, direct and defend the church with doctrinal precision."
"When a denomination begins to consider doctrine divisive, theology troublesome, and convictions inconvenient, consider that denomination on its way to a well-deserved death."
Southern Baptist Convention meeting, July 1995 - Al Mohler
"Do not think that merely because a Bible-believing man is elected as an executive officer or is appointed to an important position, this will give safety to a denomination. If the two power centers in modern denominations—the bureaucracy and the seminaries—remain in the control of the liberals, nothing will be permanently changed. There must be a loving but definite practice of the purity of the visible church in any denomination if it is really to dwell in safety. The holiness of God must be exhibited in ecclesiastical affairs. We must practice truth, not just speak about it."
Schaeffer, F.A., 1984. The Great Evangelical Disaster, Wheaton, IL: Crossway.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
The Evangelical Ministers Assembly is the hope we have for the future. However important full participation of every member of Christ's church is, it is just as important if not more that the church has Christ's leadership. The EMA is GGF's concern for the leadership of the church, so that equipped with Christ's Word, it may grow according to His Gospel. His church should be as healthy as He has saved it to be.
The Greatest Danger Facing the Church
Dr. James Hamilton, Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes:
The greatest danger facing the church is probably not what most of us expect. We expect some sort of direct challenge from without, but it probably comes from within. In our day, it may well come from well-meaning pastors.
How could well-meaning pastors pose the greatest threat to evangelical churches today? Do they deny the truth?
No, the pastors who pose the greatest threat to the church today will confess belief in the right things. They will confess the authority and inerrancy of the Bible, that Jesus saves, and that he is the only way of salvation.
So how can these guys who mean well and make the good confession pose such a threat to the church?
Read the rest of the article on the 9Marks website.
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