1, 3. Other continents, Russia, Communist China, the power structures in our country in our own political set-up -- these are all our concern." Shall I guess? 2:15), To be zealous in our efforts for Christ (Titus 2:14), To watch over one another in love (1 Peter 1:22), To aid in sickness and distress (Gal. Quoting the article: "My objection to the church covenant is that it rather grieves me when I face the fact that Jesus Christ could not belong to a Southern Baptist church . 10:25; Matt. Baptist History Homepage. ", [From Ashland Avenue Baptist paper, KY, April 11, 1969, pp. 5:17-18; Acts 17:11), To religiously educate the children (2 Tim. . Let those who will make such matters all their concern: genuine believers in Christ will be more concerned with the kingdom of God. Quite contrary to this shallow statement which was threadbare before it was written, the fact is that some words, some concepts, some emphases, never become threadbare: not in 25 years or 2500 years. I know the current misuse of the word ghetto, but what a velvet ghetto might be I do not know.

Words listed above are in the main part of the article, which serves to introduce what is called "A Church Commitment." But there is a God in heaven Who overrules all things, and I thank Him for that "peal." So says the article. But "to religiously educate" does not mean the same thing as "religiously to educate" or "to educate religiously," and a man who cannot discern the difference does not need to be finding fault with the English of his betters, even if that better English was written a few years ago. Of course, the author has already discredited his own statement; and to help further in a good cause we are happy to reprint the covenant in this issue of the Ashland Avenue Baptist. Splitting infinitives is an old English custom in the best of literary company, and so it is hard to understand how Mr. Hudson can endure it, much more forgive it. "We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. How long ago since people would dig this kind of dribble?". We moreover engagethat, when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and principles of god's Word. Let the reader judge for himself whether any of the following words might be as troublesome to some people as the vocablulary of the church covenant: escalated, formulated sacrosant (possibly a typographical error for sacrosanct), archaic, poignant, transcended, and "velvet ghetto." 28:19; 1 Cor. 5:15; Phil. Educated people can read literature (even classic literature, not to mention scripture) written 2500 years ago and still thrill to its truth and wisdom. But these things ought NOT to be "the primary concern of God's people," and we can make them so only at the cost of utter spiritual ruin.

2800 East 36th Street . 28:19-20). 1:23-26; Jude 3), To give it pre-eminence in my life (Matt. If these words are museumish, at least some Baptists will still prefer them to the gutterish slang quoted in the article as coming from an imagined "new recruit in the Christian fold": "I'll bet the cat who wrote that was cool and thought he was where the action's at. Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm covenant cedarcreek Under the heading "Our Outdated Church Covenant," with the by-line of R. Lofton Hudson, Home Mission magazine published in its March, 1969 issue a scurvy attack upon the church covenant in common use among Baptist churches. 6:4-7), To seek the salvation of the lost (Acts 1:8; Matt. While the fact may be incomprehensible to modern "cats," respectable language generally outlasts many generations of illiterate slang; and intelligent people have no great difficulty in understanding it, because literate language is the language of intelligence.

In the suggested "Church Commitment" we read: "We commit ourselves to attacking the problems of the government and the world. As to the drinking of wine, no beverage is "intoxicating drink" unless it intoxicates; and I make bold to say that Jesus Christ never drank wine to the extent of intoxication. 4:31; 1 Peter 2:21; Col. 3:8; James 3:1-2), To abstain from sale or use of liquors. 3:15; Deut. Church Location: 8:6-7), To carry my membership when I move and be active in church work wherever I live (Acts 11:19-21; 18:24-28), To maintain family and secret devotions (1 Thess. The rich part of town, maybe? "We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour. This last was probably intended as camaraderie. 2:15; 2 Cor. Really, I sincerely believe that this statement in an article published by an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention is a libel on Southern Baptist chnurches. Any American who cannot understand its language does not deserve to be called literate. We also engage, to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger, to abstain from substance abuse of all kinds, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior. We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this Church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, to expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel through all nations. 1:27; 2 Tim. He drank wine.". . Tucson, AZ 85713 Our primary concern must be to know, know and obey God in Jesus Christ; and then to lead others to know, love, and obey Him.

2:14-15; 1 Peter 2:11-12), To avoid gossip and excessive anger (Eph. We further engage, to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech: to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay. After complaining of "how many millions of copies" of the church covenant may have been printed, including many thousands in recent years, the article suddenly declares that "It does not use language which is in use in 1969." V. We moreover engagethat when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of the covenant and the principles of Gods word. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.] More Rosco Brong Sermons (Eph. Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. I must confess that the last expression has me stuck. 4:30-32). I sincerely hope, and I really believe, that there are still a few Southern Baptist churches where Jesus Christ is welcome; and in a manner of speaking He certainly is a Member, the head, of every true church, whether called Southern Baptist or otherwise.

Church Email:info@risingstarbaptist.org, To walk together in Christian love (John 13:34-35), To strive for the advancement of the church and promote its prosperity and spirituality (Phil. "Take the great social issues of our day that ought to be the primary concern of God's people: race relations, fair labor practices, war and peace, poverty programs, interfaith communications and love, openness to one another and to God and responsible citizenship." 6:33), To contribute cheerfully and regularly (1 Cor. Let us that know Him peal out the alarm warning against commitments to error, and we, at least, can be "frank, open, honest, and sincere" in so doing. 7:1; 2 Peter 3:11), To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine (Heb. "We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word. If the imagined "new recruit" can "dig" all this, he ought to take a bath and rejoin civilization. Office Hours: Church Office:520-791-3068 4:19; Psalm 126:5-6; Prov. Church Fax:520-791-9120 The article deserves attention only as an example of the corrrupt and corrupting influences being foisted upon Baptists in our day. It is possible, of course, that the author meant "peel," and originally wrote it that way, "peal" being a mere typographical error. In the "Commitment" appear such words as institutions, facades, milieu, paranoid, psuedo-autonomy, isolated, overtures, and comaraderie." 5:18; Hab. "We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

16:2; 2 Cor. And now under Him, who brought again from the dead, Our Lord Jesus, be power and glory forever, Amen. The obligations of church membership outlined in the covenant are all scriptural, as may be seen from the following study, I. Salvation and Baptism(John 1:11-12; Matt. 11:30), To walk circumspectly (cautiously) in the world, and to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment (Eph. Closed: Monday & Saturday 6:2; James 2:14-17), To cultivate sympathy and courtesy (1 Peter 3:8), To be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation (Eph.