August 2012

We need to learn from history

August 27 2012 by Charles E. Buchanan Jr., Bakersville, N.C.

If we don’t learn from history, we will live to repeat it. In 1807 the French Broad Baptist Association was formed with three churches from Broad River, and three from Holston. One of the churches, Cane River, had as its pastor Stephen Morgan, the son of Perimiter Morgan who had come out of Shubal Stearns’ Sandy Creek Association, and had settled in the Rutherford area. This association prospered, and by 1827 had 23 churches and 997 members. Morgan, however, had developed into a staunch Calvinist, and being a leader of the association, went so far as to have Garrett DeWeese removed from his church. Due to the Calvinistic doctrine, several churches left and formed the Big Ivy Association. As the French Broad did not believe in missionaries, declaring that you were either saved or not, and no one could change God’s will, it declined and the Big Ivy, following in Stearns’ philosophy prospered. By 1831 the French Broad had seven churches and 233 members. Roan Mountain, a church founded by my fourth great-grandfather went from a membership of 84 in 1827 to 21 in 1830, and did not report in 1831. The Buchanan’s left and went to the White Oak church. In the 40’s, Morgan relented and served on a committee to amalgamate the two associations. They used a non-Calvinistic doctrine, but retained the French Broad name. In 1850 the association was split more on geographic lines, with Roan Mountain taking in most of present Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. These associations then prospered.
As Einstein once said, “Only a fool repeats a failed experiment exactly, and then expects to get a different result.”
(Data taken from A Baptist Looks Back by J. Oliver Young.)
Charles E. Buchanan Jr.
Bakersville, N.C.
8/27/2012 2:25:36 PM by Charles E. Buchanan Jr., Bakersville, N.C. | with 0 comments

Calvinism not the problem

August 14 2012 by Charlie Wallace, pastor, David Baptist Church, Kings Mountain

As I was reading Les Puryear’s article, “Is there a Calvinist agenda to reform traditional SBC chuches?,” I felt like I was experiencing deja vu. It seems like every few months I read something somewhere written by some pastor about the evils of reformed theology.
Calvinism is not going to, nor will it ever, lead to the demise of convention churches.
Cold, indifferent, selfish, and pharisaic hearts will lead to the demise of the convention.
For every “Reformed” Southern Baptist church that is not reaching people for Jesus, I’m sure I can find more “non-Reformed” Southern Baptist churches that are equally not reaching people for Jesus. 
Most SBC churches are not reaching for Jesus and their theological beliefs have very little to do with it.
I am a young pastor (age 33), proud graduate of Southeastern Seminary (’06) with Reformed-leaning beliefs. I am also a pastor of a church that has grown to 165 in worship … recently moved to two worship services to accommodate our Great Commission mandate as a church. God has blessed us, and in just over two years our congregation has baptized 30 people with over half of those being adults.
We’ve seen lives changed, demonized people healed, marriages restored, and blessings upon blessings because we have been obedient to God’s command.
And one of the key “Calvinistic” beliefs that motivates me each and every day to reach people for Jesus is this truth: that those without Jesus are condemned from birth and are on a path to hell. They are sinners both by nature and choice and have no hope unless they hear the Word of God preached that Jesus alone is Savior.
This is my motivation and this is my calling.
Calvinism won’t kill the convention. Cold hearts, indifference, and lack of love for those perishing will.
Charlie Wallace, pastor
David Baptist Church, Kings Mountain

8/14/2012 1:02:13 PM by Charlie Wallace, pastor, David Baptist Church, Kings Mountain | with 3 comments

Questioning support of football

August 1 2012 by David Pence, Hillsboro, Ill.

Great article about Chick-fil-A. They are truly an honor to our Lord. I especially appreciated Dan Cathy saying organizations can’t be Christian; only people are Christian. Jesus did not die for businesses; He died for people. I have a “however,” however. I noticed their unbridled support of football. Sports are one of, if not the biggest, gods in America. If one takes time to notice every kind of immoral behavior connected to and stemming from sports, even down to elementary school level, one cannot deny the pagan religious nature of “the game.” In our small town, there are more people “worshipping” on Sundays at our local “temple to the sports god” than go to worship the One True God. And they worship a lot louder; we can hear them several blocks away. 
The money spent on sports far outweighs the money spent on education. The sports budget of every school dwarfs the academic and arts budgets. And we wonder why our children are so poorly educated? 

Oh, I know to great lengths people go to defend sports and how they are character building. But, I ask, what did people do to build character before all the – baals:  foot-baal, basket-baal, base-baal? What character-building sports did our founding fathers play? What about the great Christians of history, the preachers, evangelists and missionaries? And just what kind of character is being developed in kids whose parents brawl on the sidelines? 
Anyway, thanks for reporting on a truly admirable organization and family!
David Pence
Hillsboro, Ill.
8/1/2012 2:44:21 PM by David Pence, Hillsboro, Ill. | with 1 comments