2005 FFBC Resolutions

The Legacy of Billy Graham

This summer marked the end of the public ministry of Evangelist Billy Graham with a weekend crusade in New York City. Over the past several decades he has been named the voice of evangelical Christianity. While God has used Billy Graham in the past, we are grieved over the compromise in his message and methodology. Many who heard the Gospel preached came forward to know more concerning a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and were turned over to “mainline” apostate churches, Roman Catholic churches, and even some cults. We rejoice that some in our ministries have received Christ as a result of hearing the Word of God while Billy Graham preached, knowing that it is the power of the Word of God by which they were saved (Romans 1:16, 10:17). Nevertheless, we are mournful for those many who, having heard the truth, were directed to remain in false religious systems. Many lives have been changed through the ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and for that we are grateful, yet we are grieved by his compromise and the confusion that he has brought.

Therefore we, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our annual conference at Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ in August of 2005, resolve that with the Lord’s guidance we will continue to teach that there is only one way to God-the Father the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). We further resolve that we will warn our congregations of the dangers of compromise in sharing the platform with others who know not the truth, when explaining why we had no part in the final crusade of Billy Graham (2 Corinthians 6:17).

The Pope and Christianity Today

Timothy George, an executive editor of Christianity Today, wrote an article in the June ’05 magazine entitled The Promise of Benedict XVI, with the subtitle “Evangelicals can be glad that the new pope is not likely to be a mere caretaker.” This article listed five reasons why we should be glad at the election of Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope. These five reasons follow with comment. [1] He takes truth seriously. Does this pope believe in scripture alone as the source of truth? How can he take truth seriously? [2] His theology is Bible-based. Will this pope submit to the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church or will he draw his theology from scripture? [3] His message is Christocentric. Will this next pope see Jesus Christ alone as the way of salvation? [4] He is Augustinian in perspective. Will the Roman Church now understand and embrace the doctrine of justification by faith alone? [5] He champions the culture of life. While this is noble, will this pope continue to lead millions astray by failing to present the true Gospel of Jesus Christ?

With these five points, the author of the Christianity Today article calls upon all evangelicals to rejoice in the election of the new pontiff in Rome. We are grieved that the staff of Christianity Today Magazine once again does not see a clear distinction between Bible-believing Christianity and Roman Catholicism.

Therefore we, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our annual conference at Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ in August of 2005 call upon all Bible-believing Christians to understand:

  1. that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 3:22-26; 5:1-2).
  2. that Bible-believing Christianity and Roman Catholic theology are mutually exclusive. What Roman Catholics believe about Jesus Christ, the way of salvation, justification, heaven and hell, and the authority of the scriptures is far different than biblical Christianity.
  3. that we must stop praising the pope, and instead pray for his salvation.
  4. that any further attempts to bring evangelicals and Catholics together is a denial of the Protestant Reformation and a declaration that Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli were wrong!

Progressive Creationism

Progressive creationism, advocated by Hugh Ross, author and founder of Reasons to Believe ministry, is the philosophical position that rejects the literal understanding of the days of Genesis as 24 hours each in duration and views them instead as being very long periods. With this presupposition, it views the Big Bang and cosmic evolution theories as being true to the Bible, consequently accepting the millions of years of geological evolution as the means by which God brought about species of life on earth. Progressive creationists try to demonstrate that God created all creatures successively according to the order of the fossil record, and not according to the biblical record. A progressive creationist puts human/animal death before the fall and rejects the global Flood, calling it a regional localized event. Progressive creationism takes the same view of the first 11 chapters of Genesis as neo-orthodoxy does, but tries to make it appear biblical and scientifically correct.

They place the thoughts, interpretations, and authority of man’s opinions, which they call “science,” over the authority of the Bible; that is, they interpret the Bible to fit man’s opinions about scientific fact, rather than interpreting those facts to fit the truth of God’s Word. This is a wrong approach to understanding scripture and causes confusion about the Bible as well as true science.

In light of this backward approach to the Bible and scientific fact, progressive creationism produces and promotes a dangerous compromise to the truth of the Bible and seriously undermines its authority. Sir Francis Bacon, the father of the scientific method, realized and stated that “Natural Philosophy” (science) was only “second” to the Bible itself in dispelling “myths and superstitions.” Hugh Ross and progressive creationists put natural “revelation” on equal basis to biblical revelation; Hugh Ross even calls nature the 67th Book of the Bible. This is problematic in that Biblical revelation is perfect and incorrupt; nature is corrupt and cursed due to the Fall. Therefore, one must view the natural realm in light of biblical revelation; one should not view biblical revelation in the light of the natural realm.

Therefore we, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our annual conference at Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ in August of 2005, denounce and oppose the progressive creationist ministry of Hugh Ross and the general position and teachings of the modern progressive creationist movement. We will continue to teach that the Bible is the final authority for faith and practice, and in areas where scientific interpretation digresses from the Bible, that God’s Word is Truth. We will continue to teach and preach that Creation took place over 6 literal, 24-hour days.

Judicial Dilemma

The nomination of conservative judges to federal courts has once again demonstrated the Left’s extreme prejudice against anyone they perceive as a “person of faith.” The slanders perpetrated against conservative appointees to federal court posts, in an attempt to bar them from office, are unconscionable. Such persons are “dangerous” to the liberal agenda of turning the United States into a completely secular society. It is evident that liberals intend to disenfranchise Catholics, evangelicals, fundamentalists, and Orthodox and Hassidic Jews in their effort to take over America. It appears to be their goal to eradicate any vestige of Judeo-Christian heritage from the public square.

The courts have been the chief instrument in thwarting the will of the people as expressed by its elected representatives, as “activist” judges repeatedly strike down and overturn legislation which upholds standards of decency and morality. Recent decisions dictating the removing of the Ten Commandments from courtrooms and public places is an example of this activism.

Therefore we, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our annual conference at Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ in August of 2005, urge fellow believers to stand up for their right as citizens to be represented by judges who believe that the Constitution means what it says and is not to be re-written by “activist” judges who see it as a “living document” to be re-interpreted by every passing whim of secular thought. We further remind our constituency to live in the light that all shall stand before the Judge who executes perfect justice.

Thankful for God’s Goodness

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Throughout the years, the members of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches have seen the good hand of God upon us in many ways. Once again, over the past year, we have seen some special blessings from the Lord. Tri-State Bible Conference and the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches have both been the recipients of legacies left by dear believers who loved the truth for which we stand. The legacies have been and will be used of God to meet immediate needs and future visions.

Therefore we, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our annual conference at Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ in August of 2005, give thanks to God for His goodness and express our gratitude to God’s people for their kindness. Furthermore, we remind our constituency that leaving legacies to their churches and to ministries like the FFBC and Tri-State Bible Conference is a powerful way to further the work of the Lord.

A Faithful Servant

God was gracious to Tri-State Bible Conference when he sent the Lamberson family to the camp. During Keith’s tenure here, the building and grounds of this camp have undergone an unprecedented transformation. Although the work has been difficult, Keith has always exercised a quiet and Christ-like spirit. Alicia, Heather, Caleb, and Stephanie have also lent their hands to the work of the Lord and have been a tremendous support for Keith in all of his labors. The pastors and delegates of the FFBC are conscious that the past year was an especially challenging year as the camp experienced an unusual number of breakdowns, natural disasters, renovation of the new program director’s residence, several projects which had to be completed in a timely fashion, as well as the normal day-to-day upkeep of the property. Throughout this time of testing, Keith and his family have manifested tremendous patience and flexibility. The building and grounds are not the only areas of the camp affected by the ministry of the Lambersons. Campers of all ages have benefited from their lives and ministry.

Therefore we, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our annual conference at Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ in August of 2005, wish to honor Keith Lamberson and his family for a job well-done. We look forward to many more years of blessings from the Lamberson’s as the Lord allows.

Salvation by Christ Alone

In light of the failure of Evangelist Billy Graham and mega-church Pastor Joel Osteen to stand for the exclusive message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in recent nationally broadcasted interviews on CNN, we, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our annual conference at Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ in August of 2005, reaffirm our commitment and encourage Christians everywhere to proclaim the truth that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and that “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). We further contend that a failure to stand for the exclusive message of the Gospel is an act of cowardice, tantamount to proclaiming a counterfeit Gospel, and is erroneous and unloving.

A failure to proclaim the exclusive message of the Gospel is cowardly because it demonstrates an unwillingness to state and defend the truth proclaimed by Jesus Christ Himself. While the world around us cringes at the thought of absolute truth and the exclusive nature of the Gospel, we must not allow the fear of men to snare us. We should have the testimony of the Apostle Paul, who declared, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” (Romans 1:16)

Failure to proclaim the exclusive message of the Gospel by Christ alone presents a counterfeit Gospel, teaching that there are other ways of salvation. The cry of the Reformation and the truth of scripture concerning salvation is “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.” (Eph. 2:8, 9). Failure to proclaim any area of that truth is a counterfeit Gospel contrary to the Word of God.

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