Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Warren Wiersbe on Calvinism, Unlimited Atonement


Warren W. Wiersbe (AD 1929-2019) was a great preacher and writer.  I have often recommended his Bible book commentaries to young preachers and Sunday School teachers.  They are some of the first Bible study books you should buy.  His commentaries are available in individual volumes, or all combined in two volumes (Old and New Testaments) in The Wiersbe Bible Commentary.  Anything written by Wiersbe is worth reading.

What did Warren Wiersbe believe about Calvinism and Limited or Unlimited Atonement?  No doubt he was what some would call a Moderate Calvinist (names vary, aka Traditionalist, Non-Calvinist), but he was not a 5-point Calvinist.  Following are some of his quotes on the Atonement.  It is clear Wiersbe believed in Unlimited Atonement, or, in other words, Jesus died for the sins of the world, and anyone can be saved. 

John 1:29
“Those lambs could not take away sin, but the Lamb of God can take away sin.  Those lambs were for Israel alone, but this Lamb would shed His blood for the whole world.”  -Warren W. Wiersbe, Bible Exposition Commentary

John 3:16
“God sent His Son to die, not only for Israel, but for a whole world.” 
“He has salvation for a whole world.”  -Warren Wiersbe

2 Corinthians 5:15-17
“Because ‘all things are become new,’ we also have a new view of people around us.  We see them as sinners for whom Christ died.”  -Warren Wiersbe

1 Timothy 4
“The title ‘Saviour of all men’ does not imply that everybody will be saved (universalism), or that God saves people in spite of themselves; for Paul added ‘specially of those that believe.’  It is faith that saves one’s soul (Ephesians 2:8-10).  Since God ‘will have all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), and since Christ ‘gave Himself a ransom for all’ (1 Timothy 2:6), then any lost sinner can trust Christ and be saved.  Christ is ‘the Saviour of all men,’ so nobody need despair.”  -Warren Wiersbe

2 Peter 2:1
“In what sense were these people ‘bought’ by the Lord?  While it is true that Jesus Christ died for the church (Ephesians 5:25), it is also true that He died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).  He is the merchant who purchased the whole field (the world) that He might acquire the treasure in it (Matthew 13:44).  When it come to application, our Lord’s atonement is limited to those who believe.  But when it comes to efficacy, His death is sufficient for the whole world.  He purchased even those who reject Him and deny Him!  This makes their condemnation even greater.”  -Warren Wiersbe, The Wiersbe Bible Commentary, David C. Cook; 2007. 

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, May 21, AD 2019. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

SWBTS Stained-Glass Windows


The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him.  -Proverbs 18:17

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary stained-glass windows in the MacGorman Chapel (chapel built in 2011) were conceived as a way to honor the SBC Conservative Resurgence (that began in 1979), and honor some of those who participated in it.  The Conservative Resurgence emphasized the importance of the SBC standing for the inerrancy of the Bible.  The stained-glass windows were not inside the sanctuary, but around the outside of the outer halls.  Sitting in the worship area, the stained-glass windows were not seen at all. 

The stained-glass windows were approved by Paige and Dorothy Patterson, the SWBTS trustees, and, of course, the ones pictured on them and the many donors.  It was presented as a permanent recognition of the importance of the Conservative Resurgence (CR).  All the cost was provided for by private donations; none of the cost was from the SWBTS budget or the Cooperative Program. 

My family was honored when asked to be a part of it.  Our stained-glass window was above one of the outside exit doors.  While it depicted my dad and his three sons, we were most honored that it featured him.  Joe E. Brumbelow (AD 1930-2002) was a longtime small church pastor who was very committed to the Conservative Resurgence (see the book, Wit & Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow).  All of us were/are pastors active in the CR, and it was viewed as a way to represent the many, many small church pastors involved in the Conservative Resurgence. 

Each of the windows included a Scripture.  Our window featured, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” -Psalm 126:5.  Joe Brumbelow was known by some preachers as the weeping prophet, because of his tears, love for the lost, and his evangelism. 

Among those who participated in the Conservative Resurgence and featured in the stained-glass windows: 

Adrian Rogers, Bailey Smith, Jimmy & Carol Ann Draper, Charles Stanley, Jerry Vines, Ed Young, Morris Chapman, Johnny Hunt, Ronnie Floyd, O. S. Hawkins, Paige & Dorothy Patterson, Paul & Nancy Pressler, W. A. Criswell, Jack Pogue, Gerald Harris, Huber Drumwright, Rick Warren, Jim Richards, Bob Tenery, Richard Land, Barry McCarty, Homer Lindsay, Jimmy Jackson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck & Rhonda Kelley, Gary & Tammi Ledbetter, Russ Bush, David Allen, Jerry Sutton, Bill Harrell, Danny Watters, Tommy French, and others.  A window for Billy Graham, as well as several others had been paid for, but not yet installed. 

Without them, the SBC Conservative Resurgence would not have been accomplished.  Without them, instead of standing for the divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, Southern Baptists would now be debating same-sex marriage, ordaining gays, abortion for any reason, and whether Jesus is the only way of salvation. 

Now the SWBTS trustees, along with the new administration, have reversed their previous commitment and removed all these stained-glass windows.  Numerous Baptists have wondered if it is a disregard of the Conservative Resurgence, as well as an attempt to erase all traces of the falsely accused and much maligned Pattersons.  Many are disappointed the new administration and trustees have made no attempts at reconciliation.  Pray for SWBTS.  Pray for the Southern Baptist Convention.  Time will tell. 

Note:  Some are accusing Paige Patterson of just about everything.  Among the false accusations have been that Paige was dishonest with the seminary funds.  His critics have said it would be very embarrassing for him if there was an audit of SWBTS.  Contrary to the critics, Paige Patterson has welcomed the possibility of a thorough, outside audit of SWBTS from today, going back over the last 15 or 16 years.  If done, among other things it would reveal many millions raised by the Pattersons for SWBTS. 

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, April 16, AD 2019. 


Update:
Jerry Falwell displays stained-glass windows recently removed from Southwestern Seminary


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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Unplanned, the Movie


Unplanned is a movie about the true story of Abby Johnson, who worked at a Texas Planned Parenthood for eight years before becoming a pro-life activist..  The movie is rated R, but there is no profanity or nudity.  It is now showing across the country. 

Most networks have refused to run paid advertisements for Unplanned.  One of the easiest ways to see the liberal bias in media is to bring up the subject of abortion. 

Some believe the R rating was intended to hurt the movie’s success. 

Some are pointing out the irony about the R rating.  A 15 year old girl can get an abortion, but she can’t watch a pro-life movie about abortion. 

Unplanned does show some intense scenes about abortion.  A side of abortion you will probably never see portrayed in the regular media. 

From Baptist Press: 
"The movie's status as a hit defies logic," Christian film critic Michael Foust told Baptist Press. "It was rated R -- a rating that automatically makes it a no-go for many Christians. It's about abortion -- a topic that most Americans would rather avoid. And its ads were banned on many stations, including Lifetime, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV, Food Network, Hallmark Channel and USA Networks.

"Most films would have failed in such a scenario. But the controversy about the rating and the advertising ban gave it attention it otherwise would not have received, sparking a backlash among moviegoers who supported it in droves," Foust said in written comments.

Produced by Pure Flix, "Unplanned" tells the true story of Abby Johnson's ascent to become one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in America as well as her subsequent conversion to pro-life views. The film is based on Johnson's 2011 book of the same title.

Official Unplanned Movie Trailer

It should also be pointed out Unplanned shows hope and forgiveness for those who have had an abortion, or been involved in the abortion industry. 

If you want to make a statement against those who have opposed this movie, you can do so in at least three ways. 
First, go see Unplanned for yourself. I did so yesterday. 
Second, tell others about it. 
Third, pray that our American culture will wake up and turn against the taking of unborn lives. 

Last, if you’re thinking of getting an abortion, please see this movie first. 

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, April 3, AD 2019. 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Paige & Dorothy Patterson Lecture Series at TMU


“Paige Patterson, a Southern Baptist statesman, who has devoted his life to Christian ministry, theological education, evangelism, and preaching the Gospel, brought the [Truett McConnell University] chapel message using Heb. 4:12 as his text…

Patterson concluded his message by sharing a personal testimony of leading a man named Mark to the Lord on an airplane. He told the man that there is a book in the Bible addressed to him. He then used the Gospel of Mark to share God’s plan of salvation and the man trusted Christ as Savior, proving again that the Word of God is ‘alive and powerful.’

A proclamation was presented to Paige and Dorothy Patterson by the Faculty of the Hubmaier School of Theology extolling the distinguished couple for their four decades of dedicated service to Christ through theological education, their passion for spreading the Gospel at home and around the world, their vital service in a myriad of ways to Southern Baptists and their being exemplary role models of Christian living…

While the 2019 Paige and Dorothy Patterson Spring Lecture Series focused on ‘Radical Reformation,’ the 2020 emphasis will be on the subject of “Creation.’” 
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New details of former SBTS prof's resignation alleged

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, March 19, AD 2019. 


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dr. Bob Overton; Funeral Service

The Funeral Service for Dr. Bob Overton (Robert Morris Overton) AD 1934-2019, pastor and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor, will be today, February 26, 2019. 

Bob’s family will receive friends and loved ones for a

Visitation from 1:30-3pm, followed directly by a

Funeral Service at 3 pm
on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at

Rice Temple Baptist Church
6409 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, Texas 77030.

More on Dr. Bob Overton later. 

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”  -Revelation 14:13

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 26, AD 2019.  



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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Church Covenants, Doctrinal Statements, and Alcohol


Some ask about the issue of alcohol and other drugs being included in a Doctrinal Statement.  Doctrinal Statements usually do not speak to this issue because they are focused on foundational truths of the Bible.  While I oppose the recreational use of dangerous mind-altering drugs, I agree this issue does not rise to the level of the inerrancy of the Bible or the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for our sins. 

Nevertheless, the issue of drugs is important and should be spoken to.  The old Church Covenant that dates back to the 1850s speaks to this issue.  While it is a little dated, it is a good clear statement on this and a number of other issues.  Many churches still use it and it is available in various forms at LifeWay.  See links to the Church Covenant below. 

Some churches write their own Doctrinal Statements and Church Covenants and would like to include a statement warning about drugs.  Our church uses the following statement:

We believe abstaining from the recreational use of dangerous drugs (alcohol, marijuana, opioids, etc.) is both safe and wise.  Drugs should only be used for strictly medicinal purposes, and even then, with great caution. 
(Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 22:3; Proverbs 23:29-35; Mark 12:30; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8; 1 Peter 5:8)

Anyone interested is welcome to incorporate this statement in their own Church Covenant or Statement of Faith. 

For more details, or a defense, concerning this statement on alcohol and other drugs, see the book Ancient Wine and the Bible: The Case for Abstinence, as well as other articles here at Gulf Coast Pastor. 

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 20, AD 2019. 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Links You May Find Helpful


Following are a number of links or websites you may find useful.  Some provide a balance to the usual fare found in the media. 

I do not, however, agree with everything at these sites.  They are here for your interest and information.  Read with Christian discernment.  For details of what I believe, read the Articles / Labels here at Gulf Coast Pastor. 

These diverse sites are listed in no particular order. 

Baptist Press – Official news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.  News on Baptists, Christianity, missions, religious liberty, ethics, general news, etc.  Usually there are new articles every afternoon, Monday through Friday. 

Southern Baptist Texan – News of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC).  You may also want to subscribe to their print copy. 

Fox News – National, international news. 

Townhall – Generally conservative, political news, commentary, political cartoons. 

Bible Gateway – Great Bible study site.  They make the Bible available in numerous English Bible translations and, in several other languages.  You can also do a search for key Bible words (Concordance). 

Pre-Trib Research Center – Numerous articles from the Premillennial view of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  Presents and defends the Pre-Tribulational Rapture.

National Rifle Association (NRA) – Gun rights, gun safety, self-defense, church security. 

Texas Handbook Online – Everything you wanted to know about Texas history.  Interesting stuff. 

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine – Learn about Texas outdoors.  Hunting, fishing, camping, state and national parks, etc. 

Fur-Fish-Game – The magazine for the practical outdoorsman. 

Texas Gardener Magazine – Gardening in Texas. 

Cornwall Alliance – For the Stewardship of Creation.  The other side concerning Man-Caused Global Warming. 

 WORLD Magazine – News on all subjects, from a conservative Christian view. 

Samaritan’s Purse – Great missions organization.  Christmas Shoeboxes (Operation Christmas Child), disaster relief, and more.  Bible believing, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Gideons – Christian businessmen distributing Bibles around the world. 

Mission:Dignity – Helping retired pastors and pastors’ wives. 

GuideStone Financial Resources, SBC – Every pastor and church staff member should be regularly putting ten percent or more into their personal retirement fund.  Churches, as much as they are able, should contribute to their pastor’s and staff’s retirement.  GuideStone can tell you how.  They also have personal investment funds. 

LifeWay Stores – Christian books, music, gifts, church supplies. 

Focus on the Family – Christian help and information on family issues. 

American Council on Addiction and Alcohol Problems - Organization warning and educating about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. 

Josh McDowell – Christian Apologetics.  Explaining and defending what we believe and why we believe it. 

Norman Geisler – Christian Apologetics.  Defending the Bible and what Evangelical Christians believe.  

Leighton Flowers – Deals with issues on Calvinism or Reformed Theology, from a non-Calvinist or Traditionalist point of view.  Answers many common questions. 

Institute for Creation Research – Research, books, from a literal biblical viewpoint on creation.  Discovery Center in Dallas, TX.  Acts & Facts magazine. 

Answers in Genesis – Research, books, from a literal biblical viewpoint on creation.  They have the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky. 

Pregnancy Resource Center

Love Worth Finding – Sermons, books, devotions by Adrian Rogers, pastor and SBC president. 

Sharper Iron – Independent Baptist site.  You will find Independent Baptists are about as diverse as Southern Baptists. 

W. A. Criswell Sermon Library – Pastor, Author, SBC President.  Wealth of sermons. 

Baptist Faith & Message 2000 – Doctrinal Statement of the Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptist Convention

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 12, AD 2019. 

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