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Biblical Sexual Ethics in Light of God’s Institution of Marriage

Definition of Marriage Marriage is the exclusive God-ordained institution between one man(husband) and one woman (wife) in a mutually consented “one-flesh” relationship, consisting of mutually supportive companionship and physical union (Gen. 1:27; 2:24; 1 Cor. 7:1–6; Rom. 1:26, 27).As such, marriage is a lifelong, monogamous, heterosexual, covenant relationship between the man and the woman, publicly…

How Important Is My Thinking?

When I first started this study, I was actually having fun finding new verses on all of the facets that make up the character of God. It was a wonderfully eye-opening project, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. After a couple of years, though, I saw that not only was it a special study but also…

This Is How We Know

Webster defines hermeneutics as “the science of interpretation; esp the study of the principles of Biblical exegesis.”Nevertheless, a well-educated person may have no understanding of hermeneutics. In a conversation with a college professor from a well-known conservative (non-Christian) college, he challenged a clear interpretation of Scripture with the charge, “That’s your opinion.” When I countered,…

The Critical Element in Discipleship

Discussions of discipleship should flow from the fountain of the Great Commission, for we know that the Great Commission is a command to make disciples. “Go, win, baptize, and teach” are words often used to summarize that commission, but at its heart is discipleship—the theme of this issue of FrontLine. Matthew’s statement of the Great…

Ecclesiastical Separation and the Defense of the Gospel

Not long after the birth of modern Evangelicalism in the late 1940s and early 1950s, some of its leaders and institutions began casting off their doctrinal moorings and drifting away from orthodoxy. This doctrinal drift has been well documented within the movement itself, and it ultimately reached the point where church historian Alister McGrath could…

Fundamentalists and Social Services

By John Mincy Ever since Walter Rauschenbusch popularized the social gospel in America, Fundamentalists have been struggling with how Christians should relate to the multitude of social problems. Criticism has been leveled against Fundamentalists for dropping out of the social arena in the early part of the twentieth century. Some have called this the “Great…

Good News for the Elect

Whatever election is, one thing is clear: it is in the Bible. Whoever the elect are, there is very good news for them in 1 Peter 1:1–9, which is a perfect text to which we should apply the old saying, “Don’t miss the forest for the trees.” Peter is writing to believers scattered throughout Asia…

Islands of the Sea

If you love missionary presentations, as this editor does, you would love to visit the Lord’s servants, as he has, on many of the islands of the sea. Whether on the placid shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand, for an open-air baptism with onlookers standing nearby in immodest fascination or in the confinement of the…

Protecting our Children

Fred is the senior pastor of small church in the Midwest. One Sunday between Sunday school and church a teen Sunday school helper comes to Fred and says that she just walked into a classroom and saw a teacher alone with an eleven-year-old girl and that the teacher was fondling the girl’s buttocks. Fred’s first…

“Sing Unto the Lord A New Song”

Any discussion of praise and worship will be helped by a review of Psalm 96, which begins with the admonition, O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. (vv. 1, 2) Commentators observe…

The Doctrine of the Church

Conservative Christianity in North America was a fairly homogenous movement until the mid-twentieth century. The rise of liberalism in the latter half of the 1800s brought about the discrete and defined movement eventually called Fundamentalism, an amalgamation of various churches and denominational leaders who stood for the truth of Scripture against the rise of unbelief…

Loneliness

Loneliness wears many faces, but we know it when we see it coming. Some of us feel lonely unless we’re in the middle of a group; others long for just one kindred spirit. Some know loneliness as a constant companion. It walks with them through busy days and silent nights. It escorts them into crowded…

The FBFI and the Local Church

Like anything else of eternal value, unless the Lord builds the local church, they who minister in it minister in vain. If we are to avoid vain ministry, we must follow God’s plan for His church as revealed in the Scripture. The Gospels mention the church only three times, emphasizing that the church is God’s…

Expositional Preaching

Definition of Expositional Preaching Presently, much is being written about expositional preaching. However, not everyone defines it identically. For the purpose of this article expositional preaching is an approach to examining and proclaiming Scripture with the goal of communicating clearly the message of the Bible. It is not limited to verse-by-verse book studies. In fact,…

Is the “Associations” Standard Legitimate?

Everyone, to some extent, considers the issue of associations when choosing music. However, there is broad diversity of opinion as to how and why such determinations are made. Jesus told the woman at the well that true worshipers must worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). His meaning in this passage is that…

Twentieth Anniversary Remembrances

When Dr. Bumpus first suggested we call this magazine Grit and Glory, we teased him that some would call it “Grits and Gravy,” but we understood what he meant. He envisioned something that would give Fundamentalists grit while giving God glory—something that would follow Paul’s exhortation to Timothy (2 Tim. 2:1) to be “strong in…

Historical Fundamentalism

“Historic Fundamentalism” in FBFI Resolutions Over thirty years ago Jerry Falwell and his apologists were trying to claim “historic Fundamentalism” for themselves by denying it to those who would not join his compromise. Today, new attempts are being made to define the boundaries of “historic Fundamentalism” to exclude the FBFI and its stand. An entire…

Too Much Screen Time?

The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the average American child spends twenty-one hours weekly watching television. Added to this are fourteen hours of screen time on computers, cell phones, and video games. Thus in a week the average young person spends thirty-five hours looking at some sort of screen. This is…

Why Are Most Fundamentalists Dispensationalists?

Although precise statistics are not available, it is undeniable and commonly recognized that the majority of American believers calling themselves “Fundamentalists” today are also dispensationalists. For instance, the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, the World Baptist Fellowship International, the Sword of the Lord, Pensacola…

Salvation in Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism inherently sees distinctions in many areas of theology and practice between the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the progress of revelation includes a progression of dispensational expectations and truth, some expanding upon information from former dispensations and some in contrast to former dispensations. Covenant theology, on the other hand, seeks to unify…

Modesty—A Lost Cause?

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Tim. 2:9, 10 We live in a society where it is perfectly acceptable for the human body to be…

The Church Planter’s Wife

Soon after I was saved as a teenager, I knew I had to serve God. With this overwhelming desire, how could I do less? In college I met Brent, with whom I would spend the rest of my life. We had prayed about the mission field, but finally decided on home missions or church planting.…

What Is the Gospel?

The word evangel means gospel. Therefore, to be evangelical is to be defined by the gospel. At minimum, those who claim to be Evangelicals should have a very clear idea of what the gospel is. Within today’s Evangelicalism, however, the content of the gospel is the subject of significant disagreement. Many contemporary Evangelicals are attempting…

The Necessity of Personal Separation in Biblical Fundamentalism

Paul declares that all Scripture is “profitable” or “useful” (2 Tim. 3:16) in the sense of yielding a practical benefit (1 Tim. 4:8; Titus 3:8). The Scriptures construct our faith by establishing correct belief (“doctrine”), convict by exposing incorrect belief (“reproof”), correct by exposing incorrect behavior (“correction”), and counsel in order to establish right behavior…

Separatist, Baptist Fundamentalism

The FBFI reaffirms is position and core value as promoting separatist Baptist Fundamentalism. Historically, Fundamentalism has been identified by an adherence to the fundamentals of the faith as identified during the Fundamentalist/Modernist controversies of the early twentieth century. From its inception Fundamentalism has not only held those doctrines known as the fundamentals but has also…

Is Fundamentalism a Cultural Phenomenon?

One criticism leveled against Fundamentalists is their refusal to engage the culture. Sociologist Alan Wolfe writes, “When believers refuse to engage the culture, their opponents dismiss them as fanatics, frustrated people rendered insecure by the dilemmas and opportunities of modernity.” Implicit in this complaint is resentment toward Fundamentalists for being unsociable: they are generally an…

Vigilance for Religious Liberty

By Wayne Bley "Tolerance of the intolerant is cowardice."  Aayan Hirsi AliDaniel was a very young man, perhaps a teenager, when he stood firm in his faith against the demands of his pagan master, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Would the faith of the strongest among us today produce that kind of response? Will postmodern youth…

Small-Group Sunday School: Getting Practical about the Great Commission

Editor's Note: Great Commission leadership is one of the core values of the FBFI. It is something that we must do, not just talk about doing. One of the ways in which the Great Commission is being accomplished effectively is through local church small-group Sunday school ministry. The following article is meant to be a…

What is Loyalty to the Word?

One of the core values of the FBFI is stated as "Loyalty to God and His Word." But what does loyalty to the Bible really mean? In our day, misunderstandings abound concerning the nature of Scripture itself and the nature of true loyalty to it. We believe it is appropriate for us to clarify what…

The Fellowship Principle

By John Mincy and Mark Mincy The intention of this article is to explain one of the purposes of the FBFI as briefly described in a 2003 resolution, which reads: The FBFI reaffirms its identity as a fellowship of individuals who hold to the Statement of Purpose and Statement of Faith in the FBFI constitution.…

The Fire of God’s Wrath

Your assignment is to explain clearly the heat and the force of the atom bomb over Hiroshima to a sixth grade class. You will be allowed to use a few visual clips and charts. You soon realize you face two difficulties: Are there words and pictures sufficient to impress on them the magnitude of the…

Intelligent Design

With the increasing popularity of Darwinism during the early part of the twentieth century, the concept of a created universe was increasingly relegated by those who held to some form of theological understanding of origins, usually based upon the Bible. Even many who claimed religion, even Biblical allegiance, discounted a Biblical concept of origins.Champions of…

Ministering Among Illegal Immigrants

Those with opportunities to minister to immigrant groups are often confronted with the question of illegal immigration. This social and political problem often complicates what would otherwise be a straightforward ministry response. Although the problem most often involves people from Latin America, it is an issue that applies to other groups as well. What should…

The New Perspective on Paul: “What Saint Paul Really Said”?

The traditional Reformation understanding of the Pauline doctrine of justification has come under attack recently. Surprisingly, the chief assault has not come from Catholic or liberal Protestant theologians but from mainstream Evangelical theologians through an increasingly popular position known as the “New Perspective on Paul” (NPP).(1) Not only does this distinct theological perspective challenge the…

The Integrated Church Movement: Viable Church Polity or False Teaching?

The past decade has witnessed the birth and growth of a movement that is now rapidly infiltrating Fundamental local churches all over our nation. It is known broadly as the Integrated Church Movement (ICM). ICM is championed by Vision Forum Ministries, founded by Doug Philips. Other transdenominational organizations, such as the Institute for Uniting Church…

Blogging or Flogging? Making a Place for Grace in Online Communication

By Greg Linscott Some Common Terms Blog: An online journal or diary, usually with capability for readers to interact with the author/material through comments. Chat: Text-based conversations that take place in real time. This is also known as “Instant Messaging.” Emoticon: Symbols used to suggest emotion. These are also known as “Smileys.” FAQs: “Frequently Asked…

GLOBAL WARMING

By Mark Bouslog and Kevin Schaal In early February of 2006, eighty-six prominent evangelical leaders, including Rick Warren, inaugurated the “Evangelical Climate Initiative,” seeking legislation on global warming. The initiative immediately sparked a reaction from politically active evangelicals such as Charles Colson and James Dobson, declaring that “global warming is not a consensus issue.”(1) Since…

The Purpose Driven Life and Rick Warren

 Who Is Rick Warren?Rick Warren is the pastor of the Saddleback Church in the city of Lake Forest, Orange County, California. He grew up in a Southern Baptist preacher’s home and went to Southern Baptist schools for college and seminary. Saddleback is a supporting member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Warren looks to W. A.…

On the Ministry of John Piper

Michael RileyOther than John MacArthur, it is unlikely that any modern evangelical author has been more influential and respected in Fundamentalist circles than John Piper. Piper, the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has broadened the reach of his local ministry through his extensive book and sermon publications. A prolific author, his…

The Emerging Church: A Journey Back to the Future

Arriving just in time for the church service, you enter a dimly lit room. Projected images of ancient Christian art decorate the walls, accented by flickering candlelight. The aroma of freshly-baked bread makes your mouth water. Strains of contemporary instrumental music provide an auditory backdrop for the meditative activities of worshipers already unfolding at separate…

Plant Now! A 21st Century Challenge

Why Re-seed?When I was a kid, I liked missionaries and their slide shows. A missionary was a mud-hut guy who carried water from the river, ate bugs with a smile, and preached in the jungle. He displayed snakeskins and shrunken heads. He was a real missionary, and he deserved our church’s help. But raising my…

Theonomy

Theonomy ("God's Law") is a title given to a movement that teaches the earthwide rule of God through the reinstitution of the Law of Moses for every nation. It is also called "Christian Reconstruction" because it wants the church to dismantle the present world culture and reconstruct it as a Mosaic society; "Dominion Theology" because…