2008 FFBC Resolutions

Muslim-Christian Dialogue

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches (FFBC), meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey, for its Annual Conference in August 2008, express our concern that both A Common Word and Loving God and Neighbor Together actually cause confusion to the masses rather than offering true common ground. In A Common Wordand in Loving God and Neighbor Together, a fundamental reality is distorted in the name of creating common ground. When A Common Word refers to “love of the One God” as a foundational principle upon which Muslims and Christians can agree as a basis for peace, and when Loving God and Neighbor answers back by applauding” the “unique devotion to one God,” they both have muddied the waters by implying that both Muslims and Christians worship same God.

The God of the Bible is not the god of Islam. While the signatories of Loving God and Neighbor may applaud the sincere Muslims’ devotion to their “one God”, we, the pastors and delegates of the FFBC, call for Bible believers to recognize the clear distinction between the God of the Bible and the god of Islam, and we caution that monotheism is not enough, since James 2:19 instructs us “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

We further call upon Muslims around the world to repudiate their worship and devotion to the false god, Allah, and to turn in repentance and faith to Jesus Christ, Who has declared “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).”

On Christian Citizenship in a Presidential Election Year

We, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at our69th Annual Conference at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey, call for all believers to be informed of the candidates’ positions in regard to biblical concerns such as abortion, the definition of marriage, the hate crimes legislation, and the appointment of judges. In light of the choice before us in November, we encourage Bible-believing Christians to go to the polls and rayerfully exercise their responsibility as citizens of the United States. We further resolve to pray for (1 Timothy 2:1-2) and submit to those in authority (Romans 13:1-7) regardless of who is elected, with the understanding that in areas of conflict with the Scriptures we are to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29).

In Appreciation of Libby Lewis

Whereas Libby Lewis has recently announced her engagement and soon departure from the staff at Tri-State Bible Camp,

We, the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, in appreciation of her years of selfless contributions to the ministry of Tri-State Bible Camp, hereby express our gratitude to Libby in the form of a gift and endeavor to pray for her as she begins this new avenue of service to Christ.

In Support of Biblical Marriage

In Appreciation for Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey for our 69th Annual Conference do thank the Lord for the ministry of Tri-State Bible Camp and express our appreciation to the director Chris Jenkins, his wife Michelle, and the entire staff for their labor of love in the Lord.

In Appreciation for the ministry of Dr. Bruce McAllister

We, the FFBC meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey for our 69th Annual Conference do thank the Lord for the ministry, both formally and informally, of Dr. Bruce McAllister to us during this week of Annual Conference.

Dr. Bruce McAllister is a pastor to pastors and a man influential in the training of men for ministry. During the 69th Annual Conference of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, we have been blessed through the ministry of Dr. McAllister as he has ministered the Word of God in the evening services, in workshops, and in discussions around the camp.

Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey has stood faithfully to the Word of God and continues to stand. As a ministry of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches since 1949, God has used Tri-State greatly in the lives of a number of young people and adults over the years. Director Chris Jenkins and the staff at Tri-State Bible Camp have again provided an excellent environment and great service for the 2008 Annual Conference of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches.

Marriage is established by God as a relationship between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24), and is restated as such by Christ (Matthew 19:5-6). We therefore encourage the citizens of California in voting to amend their state constitution to define marriage as a relationship of one man and one woman. As this issue comes before voters in other states, we implore those believers to stand for a biblical understanding of marriage. Furthermore, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches encourages its churches to pray and fast with other believers for revival, which will effect lasting change in the moral climate of our Nation.

Whereas Libby Lewis has faithfully served at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey and

As Christians we recognize that we are primarily citizens of a heavenly country (Hebrews 13:14, Philippians 3:20) and must live our lives with a heavenly focus (Colossians 3:1-3). While we are not called to change the world through political means, this fact, however, does not negate the believer’s responsibility to be “salt and light” to the world (Matthew 5:13-16).

It is incumbent upon Christians to attempt to “live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). Recently some 138 Muslim clerics and scholars from throughout the world have attempted to encourage peace through discussion in contrast to the violent practices of some elements of Islam. In addressing “leaders of Christian churches, everywhere” in a document entitled A Common Word Between Us and You, these Muslim leaders have sought to create “common ground” as a basis of that peace. A group of three hundred scholars and leaders headed by Yale Divinity School’s Center for Faith and Culture, and including such notable signatories as Rick Warren, John Stott, Bill Hybels, Richard Mouw, Timothy George, and Brian McLaren, have submitted a document entitled Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.

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