Peter Bradrick, acting as Master of Ceremonies for the weekend, addresses the audience.
Peter Bradrick, acting as Master of Ceremonies for the weekend, addresses the audience.
Families gathered in the main room during this last breakout session got to hear Geoffrey Botkin share very personally about how his family seeks to apply Scripture in their lives.
He started with this disclaimer: “What the Botkin family seeks to do is not a secret; it can be found in the pages of Scripture.” I love this emphasis in Geoff. He shared that he tries to cultivate this attitude in his children: “You live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4) Open the Bible each day and find your marching orders, find something to obey.
We can teach our children to be zealous for good works and train them in doctrine, reproof, and instruction in righteousness by teaching them to open Scripture. Most American Christians fail to apply Scripture because they value it only as an empty convention and are blind to its power and relevance.
Just one more point I have to mention briefly – in talking about patriarchy, he made this critical point: “My children love to obey me because they know I am not doing my own will either, I am submitted to Christ.” There is much more to tell you. Make sure to get the audio.
A crowd of all ages filled Ballroom D this last session to hear Jeff Pollard give the second part of his message on what Scripture says about women’s ministry. Jeff exposited the Biblical model of older women discipling younger women from Titus 2:3-5. He pressed home to his hearers the vital necessity of obedience to this passage: if it is not lived out, the Gospel seems powerless. The stakes are high—the alternative to godly older women mentoring their younger sisters in Christ is blasphemy of the Word of God.
Mr. Chuck Snyder interprets a message for hearing impaired attendees.
Does God’s law apply to all nations? Attendees hearing Doug Phillips’s last breakout message were taken on a lightning tour through the Bible’s teaching on law.
Here is the question: By what standard are nations to be governed? One possibility is that people just make it up as they go or find it by looking at the rocks and the trees. However, the picture that Scripture presents is that even pagan nations are judged for violating God’s law.
Law is inescapable; the only question is “Whose law will govern?”
Paul Washer just preached to a packed room on “The Sufficiency of Scripture and Personal Evangelism.” With all the seats full, another 100 people were sitting on the floor or standing to listen with rapt attention. One of Paul’s powerful points was to contrast the clear preaching of the Gospel Word, which the Holy Spirit can choose to use to grant saving faith, with the emotional manipulation techniques which dominate modern “evangelism.” Scripture is not silent on how the gospel is to be communicated and men and women brought to Christ.
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In describing the heart of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, Doug spoke passionately on the issue to which he has devoted his life: the wedding of orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Theology is not to reside in our brains, but to live in our fingers and be manifest in the palms of our hands, in the way we speak with our children, the way we hold them, the way we look them in the eyes, where we walk with them, the books we read with them, the journeys we take with them, the times we kneel in prayer with them. Without this, our generations are destined for the dustbowl. This is happening on a massive scale all around us. Grievously, generational apostasy can be seen consistently in the families of theological teachers.
Doug made the case that we currently face a Babylonian captivity of the church. He described the many ways in which the church has looked to the traditions of men and been guided by emotion and experience, syncretizing with an idolatrous culture. This is seen in abandonment of the foundational creation order in manhood and womanhood, in the surrender of the next generation to pagan pedagogical institutions, in the idolatry and isolation of youth, in cleric-driven church culture, and in mystic psychobabble. Rather than building on the foundational doctrines for which our spiritual fathers gave their lives, today’s church has abandoned them.
At the close of the message, Doug spoke stirringly to the heart issue: We must be passionately consumed by the Lord Jesus Christ. When that’s true, we will be consumed with a desire to follow His Word. Our passion for our children, our passion for the church, proceeds from that. In the time of King Josiah, Israel found the lost book of the law. The response was to put on sackcloth and ashes. That is when revival came.
May God help us to divest ourselves of man-made traditions which beset us, and return to the heart of the NCFIC: Scripture alone. Someday our children will look back and ask, “What did mom and dad do with their lives?” I hope that you and I will be able to leave a legacy of sola scriptura—semper reformanda. That is the heart of the NCFIC.
Dr. Voddie Baucham started off our morning with potent words on manhood. One thing I really love about Voddie is how tightly he sticks to the text, no matter what topic he addresses. His heart is passionate about the exposition of Scripture.
In this morning’s message he presented the Bible’s core teaching on manhood and outlined the destruction the church is facing in the wake of the militant feminist attacks of the 1960s. These attacks have resulted in the fruit we see around us today: Boys have become effeminate, girls have been masculinized, we see abortion, delayed and confused marriages, an epidemic of unprotected women, plummeting birth rates, the normalization of single parent homes, and the acceptance of sodomy. Voddie pointed out that not only is the nation of American seeing the total destruction which feminism brings, but the Church of God as well, because the feminized men have slunk away from the pulpits and the women have embraced the burden of leadership.
Voddie then went right to the crux of the Scripture’s sufficient teaching on manhood: Genesis 2. Adam, before the Fall, was committed to God-honoring work. He was committed to obey God’s law. And he was committed to a family.
Why do we have to defend the Biblical doctrine of manhood and womanhood? When Christ wants to illustrate His relationship to the Church, he points to the human institution of marriage as the picture. Marriages that do not portray the relationship between Christ and the Church detract from the gospel. We absolutely cannot redefine the roles of men and women without giving the lie to Scripture. Secondly, parenting practices that do not train boys to be masculine and girls to be feminine do not prepare boys and girls to be husbands and wives who model the relationship between Christ and His bride.
Voddie closed with the hope for healing the brokenness of manhood. All the areas attacked by radical feminism are addressed clearly in the Scriptures. We can know what has caused us to slip from our moorings and how to get back. “When we have the scriptures, we have everything we need. I don’t write the mail, I just deliver it. If you have a problem, take it up with the author.” Praise God that is Word is sufficient!
This morning Voddie Baucham opened with a stirring message about Biblical Manhood:
Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis brought tonight’s closing keynote – a tremendous call to embrace the Genesis account of origins.
He began by documenting the rampant apostasy across the West – the culture which was once known as Christendom. The prevailing religion is that of moral relativism (which is polytheism), when, as the book of Judges puts it, “every man does what is right in his own eyes.” We see many distressing things: sodomite marriage, anti-Christian sentiment, abortion, euthanasia, the removal of 10 commandments from public places, etc. But these are only symptoms. Christians have spent millions of dollars blindly attacking the symptoms, while those who hate God attack the foundations, and the “Genesis 3,” “Hath God said?” attack in our day has been aimed at the history of the book of Genesis. This is a time when Christians must be like the men of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32, who understood the times and knew what should be done.
Ken then laid the responsibility for the decline at the feet of the church. America is becoming less Christian every year because the church has hypocritically claimed to believe the Bible from cover to cover but has denied it in practice by compromising on the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis. As he documented in his recent book, Already Gone, children in the most conservative churches see the hypocrisy in this position and are already checking out by 13 or 14 years of age.
The fact that the authority of Scripture in the areas of history, geology, biology, anthropology, and astronomy is being vigorously assaulted by the competing religion of secular humanism in the government’s schools only accelerates this process. Too many modern churches ignore the real apologetic issues and respond by appealing to emotions and teaching isolated Bible stories. Children learn that the religion of the government’s schools is the real thing – coherent and unified – while what they hear in Church are just isolated, silly stories.
Throughout history since the fall of our first parents, mankind has faced the same temptation: to question the authority of the word of God: “Hath God said?” The church’s compromise started big time in the 1800s when they lusted after academic respectability and accepted evolutionary assumptions of origins, only clinging to the vestige of Christian morality. But, as critics were quick to point out, if the Bible is not a trustworthy source of history, then it cannot be an authoritative source of morality.
It is amazing to consider that every major Biblical doctrine is grounded in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. We cannot understand marriage, sin, death, the fall, the holiness of God, man’s need for salvation, or even the cross apart from the book of Genesis. This is why we have to fight for it.
Ken Ham delivering his Saturday night keynote.
One of Ken’s many amazing slides showing the fruits of the rejection of God’s Word.
My dear friend and brother in the Lord, Doug Phillips, brought a strong message mapping out the long war for the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. Doug explained that Psalm 119 is the foundation of all the messages that he will be bringing this week. He then proceeded to read the first 16 verses of this glorious psalm on the Law of God.
Doug is a man who understands the critical role a father plays in the life of his family: When fathers talk about the Word with respect, their children are watching. Likewise, when a father despises the Word, either explicitly or implicitly (by neglecting it), his children learn to hate it. Doug has spent the last year researching and documenting the life of Charles Darwin, whose spiritual progeny have given us the horrors of modernity. Darwin learned his scorn of Scripture from his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, and his other mentors. As Doug exhorted the attendees, “There is no substitute for fathers who are passionate about Scripture.”
He then highlighted the major battle fronts in this war, beginning at the very birthplace of the sufficiency battles—the garden of Eden. It was there our first parents bought into the lie that their own reason was a sufficient guide for their actions and thus proclaimed that knowledge, direction, and ultimate meaning can and should be determined apart from God. Since this first battle, the church has had to contend with Greek rationalism, Roman syncretism, neo-evangelical revivalism, evolutionary hegemony, and the battle of our own day, the definition of Christian orthodoxy.
Doug also gave us a sobering look at the enemies of God, who are often much more keen and purposeful than the soldiers of Christ when it comes to understanding and carrying out the implications of their worldview. Just last month, Richard Dawkins called for “militant atheism,” fully understanding the truth that God and evolution cannot be reconciled. Dawkins understands that worldview neutrality is a myth. Religious commitment is inescapable because all men have an object of worship. Men will either worship and serve the Creator or the creature.
Although the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is a great dividing line between obedience and rebellion, it also gives great cause for unity and joy in the church of Christ because it tightly joins brother with brother in the body of Christ. Standing on the rock solid foundation of Scripture’s sufficiency, even those who may differ on specific points of application can be united.
By definition, “a true understanding of the sufficiency of Scripture requires that we embrace Christianity as a total world and life view and the Bible as the comprehensive source book on that world and life view.” Thus, the doctrine to be examined this week is not one relegated to points of formal theology, but one which extends to family life, scientific discovery, commerce, art and aesthetics, statecraft and warfare. In short, everything that touches our faith and practice. In the end, each of us must every single day answer the question,“By what standard will I live my life?” We can talk and talk about loving Christ, but we cannot do it before the Lord if we cannot say with David, “O, how I love Thy law!”