Monday, July 12, 2021

Quotes on 1 Peter 3:21; Baptism Saves Us

1 Peter 3:21

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  NKJV

 

Paige Patterson

“A first reading of the verse appears to suggest that baptism either saves men or at least contributes to their salvation.  Thus the verse has been cited for generations as a proof text by the various advocates of baptismal regeneration.  But the verse in no sense advocated any saving significance for baptism. 

Baptism is called a figure (antitupos).  The word means literally ‘type’ or ‘antitype.’  When a key is struck on a typewriter, it leaves a letter, such as ‘z,’ on the page.  No, actually the letter ‘z’ is still on the metal or plastic element which struck the page.  What is on the page is a type or antitype which corresponds almost identically to the ‘z’ on the metal or plastic element.  In the same fashion, baptism saves us.  It is not salvation, but it is a figure, an antitype, a picture of that salvation.  Baptism is the public demonstration in which on pictures the spiritual transformation that has already occurred. 

Peter continues by explaining precisely what he intended.  Baptism never cleanses the filth of the flesh.  However, since Christ commanded it, baptism must be accepted as the answer of a good conscience toward God.  That good or cleansed conscience has come about as a result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  In other words, anyone who has been saved, receiving a good conscience toward God, will answer by submitting to baptism as Jesus mandated.  While baptism does not save, it is unthinkable that one who has been saved would reject baptism.  To do so is to reject the command of Christ.”  -Paige Patterson, A Pilgrim Priesthood: An Exposition of First Peter, Thomas Nelson Publishers; 1982.  Patterson has served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, pastor, evangelist, educator. 

 

Robert L. Sumner

“In this passage in 1 Peter 3, there are three important observations to note.  First, baptism is a figure.  The record says, ‘the like figure whereunto baptism doth also now save us.’ 

When I was baptized, my baptism was a figure – a picture, if you please – of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.  It was my testimony of my faith in His death, His burial and His resurrection for my eternal salvation.  Baptism is a figure of what saves us. 

Second – and this is what those who teach salvation by water baptism like to omit – ‘Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh.’  You see, baptism does not put away our sins.  No, no!  It cannot do that, the Bible says.  The ‘filth of the flesh’ is not washed away in or by any baptismal water. 

Then, third, note that baptism is described as ‘the answer of a good conscience toward God.’  Baptism is the answer of a good conscience!  The only way a man can have a good conscience is to be saved.  Hebrews 9:14 tells us that a conscience is purged from dead works by ‘the blood of Christ.’  If a man has a good conscience, it is only because he has been cleansed from his sin by the blood of Jesus Christ.  First Peter 3:21 is simply saying that if one has been saved by the blood of Christ, he ought to be baptized, setting forth in a figure the ground of his salvation: the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.  -Robert L. Sumner, Does the Bible Teach That Water Baptism Is a Necessary Requirement for Salvation?, Biblical Evangelism Press; 1970.  This is also in a chapter in Biblical Essays by Robert L. Sumner, Biblical Evangelism; 2013. 

 

John R. Rice

“All difficulty about this passage disappears when you take the first plain statement in the verse that this is a ‘figure.’  The ark was a figure and picture of salvation, and the ark was certainly a type of Christ.  Baptism is a ‘like figure’; and Romans 6:5 states that it is a ‘likeness’ of the death and a ‘likeness’ of the resurrection of Christ.  Peter then continues that baptism does not put away the filth of the flesh and says that it is ‘the answer of a good conscience toward God.’  Baptism, then, is only a picture, or figure, of salvation; and the man who is baptized should already have a ‘good conscience.’  In Hebrews 9:14 we are told how the conscience is to be purged by the blood of Christ.  Then, after that conscience is purged ‘from dead works to serve the living God’ and one has a ‘good conscience,’ he has a right to be baptized. 

One who is baptized professes to have a good conscience toward God, with his sins forgiven.  If that is not true, he has no right to be baptized, and baptism is a lie and an empty pretense.  Baptism is only for saved people, the answer of a conscience cleansed and forgiven.”  -John R. Rice, Bible Baptism, Sword of the Lord; 1943, 1971. 

 

Warren W. Wiersbe

“When Peter wrote that Noah and his family were ‘saved by water,’ he was careful to explain that this illustration does not imply salvation by baptism.  Baptism is a ‘figure’ of that which does save us, namely, ‘the resurrection of Jesus Christ’ (1 Peter 3:21).  Water on the body, or the body placed in water, cannot remove the stains of sin.  Only the blood of Jesus Christ can do that (1 John 1:7-2:2).  However, baptism does save us from one thing: a bad conscience.  Peter had already told his readers that a good conscience was important to a successful witness (see 1 Peter 3:16), and a part of that ‘good conscience’ is being faithful to our commitment to Christ as expressed in baptism.” 

-Warren W. Wiersbe, The Wiersbe Bible Commentary, David C. Cook; 2003, 2007. 

 

B. H. Carroll

“On I Peter 3:21 I make this point on the picture of baptism: "Baptism doth now save us." Baptism doth now save us in a figure; baptism doth now save us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. That is the figure, but baptism does not put away the impurity of the carnal nature – does not put away the filth of the flesh. These are the four points: (1) Baptism saves us in a figure. (2) That figure is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (3) Paul says, "You have been planted in the likeness of his death, so ye shall be in the likeness of his resurrection." Wherever you see a baptism you see a burial and a resurrection. This is not a real salvation, but a pictorial one – a figure of salvation, and baptism does save us that way, and nobody will deny it. (4) The injury of a good conscience toward God. And the force of this last is: (a) The conscience is bad before it is cleansed, (b) How made good? Hebrew 9:14: "By the blood of Christ." (c) The place of a good conscience – 1Timothy 1:5 explains.”  -B. H. Carroll (AD 1843-1914), An Interpretation of the English Bible, Broadman Press; 1948. 

 

J. B. Jeter

“In the same [symbolic] sense in which the broken loaf in the Lord’s Supper is a sign of the crucified body of Jesus, is the water of baptism a sign of the cleansing efficacy of the blood, or atonement of Christ.  In like manner as we eat the body of Christ in the supper, do we wash away our sins in baptism.”  -J. B. Jeter, Campbellism Examined, Sheldon, Lamport, & Blakeman; 1855.  Jeter (AD 1802-1880) was a Baptist Pastor, author, and editor of the Religious Herald, Virginia. 

 

Faith alone, in Christ alone, is what truly saves us.  Baptism is a picture of that salvation.  Never forget or neglect the many, many Bible passages that teach us to repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. 

To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. -Peter; Acts 10:43 NKJV

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, June 12, AD 2021. 

 

Articles: 

Mark 16:16; Newspaper Ad

Acts 22:16 - Quotes on Baptism and Salvation

Quotes on Acts 2:38, Baptism, Salvation

Baptismal Regeneration; Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation? Part 1


Does Baptism Save? No

Wit And Wisdom Of My Dad

Warren Wiersbe on Calvinism, Unlimited Atonement

Other Labels/Articles in lower right margin (web version). 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Pastor Mike Stone to be Nominated SBC President

The Conservative Baptist Network has endorsed three men for office at the June, 2021 Southern Baptist Convention. 

 Mike Stone for SBC President.  Mike is pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Blackshear, Georgia. 

 Lee Brand Jr. for SBC First Vice-President.  Lee is Vice President, Dean, and teaches at, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Cordova, Tennessee. 

 Javier Chavez for SBC Second Vice-President.  Javier is a church planter and pastor of Iglesia Bautista Amistad Cristiana International, Gainesville, Georgia.  He also teaches Global Missions at Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia. 

 Each strongly affirms the inerrancy of God’s Word, the Bible. 

 For more information: 

https://conservativebaptistnetwork.com/statement-conservative-baptist-network-endorsement-dr-lee-brand-1st-vp-and-javier-chavez-2nd-vp/

Also find more information at bpnews.net. 

 The Southern Baptist Convention will be June 15-16, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Pray for our Convention! 

 -David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, June 7, AD 2021. 

 

Articles:

Adrian Rogers on "Wit & Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow"

On Small And Large Churches

More Articles in lower right margin (web version). 

Monday, May 31, 2021

Alcohol Equals Brain Damage

For years abstainers have warned beverage alcohol kills brain cells.  Now there is more evidence of alcohol causing damage to the brain. 

 From a May 20, 2021 foxnews.com article: 

 Any amount of alcohol can cause damage to the brain, and more so than previously realized, according to a study in what researchers call one of the largest of its kind to date.

 The preliminary findings from Oxford University were recently posted to medRxiv ahead of peer review, drawing on clinical data and imaging samples from over 25,000 adults in the U.K. Biobank study. Subjects were aged 40 to 69 years when they were first recruited from 2006 to 2010.

 ‘No safe dose of alcohol for the brain was found. Moderate consumption is associated with more widespread adverse effects on the brain than previously recognized,’ the study reads. ‘Individuals who binge drink or with high blood pressure and BMI may be more susceptible. Detrimental effects of drinking appear to be greater than other modifiable factors. Current ‘low risk’ drinking guidelines should be revisited to take account of brain effects.’” 

 Read entire news article: https://www.foxnews.com/health/alcohol-harm-brain-health

 The attitude of many who don’t drink is they cannot afford to lose any brain matter.  I agree.  Stay away from alcohol.  You will find many more reasons at this site (gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com) to avoid recreational drugs of all kinds. 

 No wonder God’s Word says:  

 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.  -Proverbs 20:1 NKJV

 Be sober.  -1 Peter 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:6

 -David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, May 31, AD 2021. 

 

May you all have a great Memorial Day.  Remember, Freedom is Not Free. 

 

Articles:

Why We Don't Use Alcohol For The Lord's Supper

Charles H. Spurgeon on Alcohol

Ancient Wine Production and the Bible

Other Articles in lower right margin (web version). 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Reasons to Oppose Critical Race Theory

I’m glad our Southern Baptist Convention seminary presidents recently condemned both racism and the Critical Race Theory.  Why not simply judge others by their character, rather than the color of their skin? 

Why so many oppose Critical Race Theory (CRT): 

CRT was founded in Marxism / Communism. 

CRT is racist towards White people and gives preferential treatment to Black people. 

CRT says since Black people were mistreated in the past, so White people should be mistreated today. 

CRT teaches that most all White people are racist, unless they agree with CRT. 

CRT is intolerant to opposing viewpoints.  When they say they want a dialogue; they really mean a monologue where others should just shut up, listen to, and agree with, their CRT views. 

CRT wants to view everything through the prism of race. 

CRT wants to make all Black people victims.  Many, many Blacks, however, are very successful in America.  Blacks enjoy great freedom in America.  Many are weary of hearing Black activists, who make ten times their salary, complain about how tough they have it. 

If there is so much systemic racism in the USA, why do so many Backs emigrate to America each year?  Many, many Blacks around the world wish to come to America.  And many do. 

Let’s condemn racism and CRT.  Let’s do our best to treat everyone equally, fairly.   

For those who desire more information, heritage.org (The Heritage Foundation) has some helpful, extensive information on Critical Race Theory. 

https://www.heritage.org/civil-rights/report/critical-race-theory-the-new-intolerance-and-its-grip-america

Significant Quotes:

Critical Race Theory (CRT) makes race the prism through which its proponents analyze all aspects of American life—and do so with a degree of persistence that has helped CRT impact all of American life. CRT underpins identity politics, an ongoing effort to reimagine the United States as a nation riven by groups, each with specific claims on victimization. In entertainment, as well as the education and workforce sectors of society, CRT is well-established, driving decision-making according to skin color—not individual value and talent. As Critical Theory ideas become more familiar to the viewing public in everyday life, CRT’s intolerance becomes “normalized,” along with the idea of systemic racism for Americans, weakening public and private bonds that create trust and allow for civic engagement. -The Heritage Foundation

https://www.heritage.org/civil-rights/report/critical-race-theory-the-new-intolerance-and-its-grip-america

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”   -Martin Luther King, Jr. 

"When America comes together, we've made tremendous progress. But powerful forces want to pull us apart. A hundred years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic — and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior. Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them — and if they look a certain way, they're an oppressor. From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven't made any progress. By doubling down on the divisions we've worked so hard to heal. You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It's backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it's wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present."

-Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).  AD 2021 

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, May 4, AD 2021. 

 

Articles:

Before Rosa Parks There Was Ida B. Wells

Quotes by Thomas Sowell

SCRIPTURE INDEX for Ancient Wine and the Bible

Other Articles / Labels in lower right margin. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Acts 22:16 - Quotes on Baptism and Salvation

And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’  -Acts 22:16

H. A. Ironside

“Do not think the expression ‘wash away thy sins’ simply with baptism.  ‘Wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’  Nevertheless, the baptism was a picture of the washing away of sin, but no sin can be purged by water.  Sin is only purged by the precious blood of Christ.  But there is a sense in which when he was baptized his past was all washed away.  He had been a bitter hater of the name of the Lord Jesus, but when he went down into the water of baptism, all that disappeared.  He came forth not to be a persecutor but a preacher of the gospel of the grace of God.  The past was gone.  He was henceforth to walk in newness of life.”  -H. A. Ironside, Acts, Loizeaux Brothers; 1943, 1973. 

 B. H. Carroll

“The points here are: (1) Paul is commanded to wash away his sins; (2) to wash them away in being baptized. Two simple questions will unveil the meaning: (a) Can a man himself really wash away his sins? (b) Can water on the outside really wash away sins on the inside? The two are answered by the scripture: ‘God alone can forgive sins,’ and when we come to the real remission it must come from God. Again: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin.’ Therefore, it is evident that when Paul was commanded to wash away his sins – Paul himself, not God, was commanded to wash them away – that it is not a real washing away of sins that is meant, because that contradicts the other scripture, that God alone can take away sin. And when it says that he was commanded to wash away his sins in baptism, it is evident that it is not a real cleansing from sin that is contemplated, for the scriptures so abundantly teach that the blood of Jesus Christ alone really cleanses from sin. Then what does it mean? That Paul in baptism might symbolically wash away his sins. What God himself accomplished through the sacrifice of his Son, Paul might show forth in a symbolic cleansing, just as what Christ's blood accomplishes in the remission of sins, the wine of the Lord's Supper may symbolically accomplish. As there must first be a substance to cast a shadow, so the symbolic cleansing is just like taking the Lord's Supper, if we are not really saved.

So baptism is unmeaning without a prior and real remission of sin. Being really saved, we may picture symbolically that salvation in a memorial. Otherwise it would be like Bunker Hill Monument without a previous battle to commemorate.

Peter expressly declares that baptism does not put away the filth of the flesh, using the term "filth" in the sense of spiritual defilement (not dirt on the body), and using the word "flesh" in its common meaning of the carnal nature (not the physical man). I think Peter in that little parenthesis, "not the putting away of the filth of the flesh," was inspired of God to put in a precaution against attributing to baptism real cleansing of the defilement of sin. He foresaw the coming of the Campbellites, and put in a word against them.”  -B. H. Carroll, An Interpretation of the English Bible, Broadman Press; 1948.  Carroll (AD 1843-1914) was a pastor, author, and founding president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX. 

J. B. Jeter

“In the same [symbolic] sense in which the broken loaf in the Lord’s Supper is a sign of the crucified body of Jesus, is the water of baptism a sign of the cleansing efficacy of the blood, or atonement of Christ.  In like manner as we eat the body of Christ in the supper, do we wash away our sins in baptism.”  -J. B. Jeter, Campbellism Examined, Sheldon, Lamport, & Blakeman; 1855.  Jeter (AD 1802-1880) was a Baptist Pastor, author, and editor of the Religious Herald, Virginia. 

Sam Houston (AD 1793-1863) served as governor of two states (Tennessee and Texas), general, president of the Republic of Texas, and a United States senator.  In 1854, as a result of the witness of his wife and at least three Baptist preachers, he was saved and became a committed Christian.  After believing in Jesus Christ as his Savior, Houston was baptized by immersion in Little Rocky Creek (Independence, TX).  Someone told him, “I hear your sins were washed away.”  Houston replied, “If they were all washed away, the Lord help the fish down below.” 

Does Baptism wash away our sins?  Yes, and no.  Yes, it symbolically washes away sin.  The blood of Jesus, however, is what really washes away our sin.  Faith in Jesus saves, not baptism.  Baptism is just a picture of that salvation. 

For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  -Matthew 26:28

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  -Hebrews 9:14

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  -1 Peter 3:21

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  -1 John 1:7

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.  -Revelation 1:5

And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. -Revelation 7:14

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, April 14, AD 2021. 

 

Articles: 

Quotes on Acts 2:38, Baptism, Salvation

Does Baptism Save? No

The Roman Road of Salvation

 Other Articles / Labels in lower right margin. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mark 16:16; Newspaper Ad


Mark 16:16

He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.  -Mark 16:16 NKJV

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved.”  That is absolutely true.  Further, anyone who believes in Jesus, trusts Him as Savior, should be baptized by immersion. 

What happens if someone believes but cannot be baptized?  Many Bible verses tell us what happens immediately when someone believes (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:40; 20:31; Acts 10:43; 16:31; Romans 10:9-13; and many others).  If you believe in Jesus, you will be saved and have everlasting life, period. 

So, if you believe in Jesus and do anything else, you will be saved.  Mark just puts belief and baptism, the first commandment to a new Christian, together.  If you believe and join the church, you will be saved.  If you believe and mow the church yard, you will be saved.  If you believe and buy a pickup truck, you will be saved!  You are saved, made right with God, by believing in Jesus. 

Notice Mark 16:16 says if you do not believe you will be condemned.  It does not say if you are not baptized you will be condemned. 

All believers should be baptized, but baptism is not a part of salvation.  It is a good work.  Baptism is a picture, a symbol of salvation, but not salvation itself.   

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life. -John 3:36

-David R. Brumbelow, P.O. Box 300, Lake Jackson, TX 77566.  David is a Baptist preacher and author of “Ancient Wine and the Bible.”  See “Acts 2:38” & “Mark 16:16” at gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com. 

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The above is the second article published in the Brazoria County News, West Columbia, TX.  The article was published in two issues in 2019.  It, and the previous article, “Does Baptism Save? No,” were in reply to numerous articles published over the years in the same paper from the “Church of Christ” perspective.  I believed readers should hear the other side of the issue. 

A newspaper ad, of course, must be short, concise.  For more in-depth discussion, see other articles here on “Baptism,” “Mark 16:16” and “Acts 2:38.”

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, July 7, AD 2020. 

PS – I’ve been busy and in transition the last several months.  So you have not heard much of me on the internet.  Lord willing, that will change in the coming weeks and months. 
Thanks to Raquel for checking in on me at the last article. 
To all, thanks for reading and may God bless you.  Hope these articles are helpful.  -DRB


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Monday, April 20, 2020

Pastor Search Committee / Pulpit Committee


I’ve given the following information for a Baptist Church seeking a pastor.  It is geared more toward a smaller church.  Hope some will find this useful. 


Electing a Pastor Search Committee / Pulpit Committee

1.  Have an announced Business Meeting for the purpose of electing a Pulpit Committee. 

2.  Do not just open the floor up for nominations.  Sometimes someone not qualified immediately volunteers (or is nominated); then no one wants to offend them, so they are elected.  Then, you have a mess. 

3.  One option is to have each person put three (or 4, 5) names on a card.  The three who receive the most votes are elected. 
Or, have them write names of two (or three) men, and two women. 
Note: To avoid embarrassment, it may be best not to announce how many votes each person receives.  Just mention the ones who received the most votes. 

4.  Another option is for leadership (deacons, staff, etc.) to nominate three (or more) representative people for the committee.  Then, the church votes on this nomination. 

5.  The committee will have two primary jobs. 
Find supply preachers or an interim pastor. 
Second, begin the search for a pastor. 
Your Director of Missions, local Baptist Association, or a neighboring pastor or evangelist may be of help in this process.  But your church as the final say. 


Pastor Search Committee

1.  Have the church vote on a Pastor Search Committee (aka Pulpit Committee).  A church usually varies between men and women, age, and other diverse issues.  Make sure they are mature, knowledgeable church members.  Usually 3 or more. 

2.  Get the word out, that you are seeking a pastor, to the Southern Baptist Texan (or your own state Baptist paper), local Baptist Association, Louisiana Baptist Message (baptistmessage.com), HBU, SWBTS, ABU, ETBU; Criswell College; LC; or others.  Maybe contact an evangelist or pastor.  Narrow down resumes. 
An ad such as: Seeking Pastor.  Friendship Baptist Church, mailing address, city, state, zip code; website, email address.  (You may want to just give a mailing address.  Do you really want to print out 30 resumes?) 

3.  Be mindful of the biblical qualifications of a pastor:  1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9.  Remember the biblical terms “pastor (shepherd),” “bishop (overseer),” “elder” refer to the same office of pastor. 

4.  Does the pastoral candidate sincerely agree with the Baptist Faith & Message 2000, the doctrinal statement of the Southern Baptist Convention?  Does he believe in the fundamental (basic) doctrines of Christianity?  Does he believe in Baptist Distinctive doctrines?  Does he believe in the inerrancy of the Bible (the Bible is totally true and trustworthy)?  Does he believe personal faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven and salvation?  Ask him about his view of same-sex marriage.  If you use the old Church Covenant, ask him about it. 

5.  What does he believe about evangelism, local revival meetings, evangelists, missions, Sunday School, Second Coming (premillennial or other), drugs and alcohol, visiting, getting along with church members? 

6.  Is he Calvinist (Reformed Baptist, Doctrines of Grace)?  All Baptists are to some degree Calvinist, but does he believe Jesus died for all humanity, or just the elect?  Does he believe God chooses some people for Heaven, and some for Hell?  Does he believe anyone can be saved?  See Adrian Rogers’ booklet on “Predestined for Hell? Absolutely Not!” (lwf.org). 
If a church wants a Calvinist pastor, they certainly have the right to call one.  On the other hand, if a church desires a non-Calvinist (aka Moderate Calvinist; Traditionalist) as pastor, they have the right to seek and call him. 

7.  Will he be supportive of the Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptists of Texas, local Baptist Association, Southern Baptist Texan?  Is he comfortable being a conservative Southern Baptist?  Is he supportive of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for the International Mission Board; Cooperative Program; Samaritan’s Purse; Gideons?

8.  Has he lived, and does he live, a life that is morally clean?  In this sense is he blameless?  Ask him to tell about his wife and family.  Will he agree to a sex offender background check? Is he careful in counseling others?   Does he pay his debts? 

9.  Ask about his personal salvation (testimony), baptism, call to preach, education, his experience, and his daily walk with the Lord. 

10.  Ask who are some of his favorite preachers, authors.  What Bible translation does he use? 

11.  What are some of his hobbies, interests?  Hunting, fishing, sports, gardening, etc.? 

12.  Check his references.  Maybe check with his Baptist Association Director of Missions or the SBTC. 

13.  When the time comes for him to leave, is he willing to leave on a positive note?  Even if things have not worked out well?  After all, if you call him, you would call him to help, not hurt your church.  On the other hand, the church needs to be sure to treat him well. 

14.  Discuss salary and cost of living adjustments (COLA).  Pay him as well as you are able; he has to pay his bills and provide for his family like everyone else. 
Give him a raise when you can (note: a COLA is not a raise in salary, it is just keeping up with inflation). 

Discuss a parsonage or if he wants to purchase his own home.  The parsonage should be considered his as long as he is your pastor; respect his, and his family’s privacy. 

Discuss his retirement with GuideStone Financial Resources, SBC.  If possible, the church should give an amount equal to 10% of his salary, but not taken out of his salary, to his GuideStone retirement.  He may choose to take an additional amount out of his regular salary for the church to send to GuideStone for his retirement.  This is important.  GuideStone can also give guidance about retirement, as well as guidance about a preacher’s taxes (guidestone.org).  You can also call them for information. 
Consider investing his retirement in the Equity Index Fund, a fund that roughly mirrors the S & P 500.  It has done well for me through the years. 

15.  Would he be supportive of Spanish language ministry, or other special ministries your church may have? Would he be supportive of your present staff? 

16.  Discuss the kind of worship music: Traditional, Contemporary, Blended service. 

17.  Don’t get too picky.  No pastor is perfect.  But beware of someone with a good personality, that does not meet other qualifications. 

18.  During this process be positive and supportive of your church.  And, pray, pray, pray for God’s guidance. 

19.  The committee may want to go hear him preach at his church, or get him to preach at an area church where you can hear him. 
Once the committee is agreed, have him preach at your church “In View of a Call.”  This means that afterward you would recommend him to the church, and the church vote on whether or not to call him as pastor. 
Is he a good, biblical preacher?  Does he care about the lost?  Does he preach in a way that is interesting and easy to understand? 

20.  Don’t leave a preacher hanging.  Be up front and honest with him.  If you have personally dealt with him, let him know if you are no longer considering him as pastor.  Treat him well. 


Note on Interim Pastor or Supply Preachers
Many prefer to have an Interim Pastor or Supply Preacher who in no way would be interested in becoming the regular pastor.  Otherwise, the Pulpit Committee may be ready to call a pastor while a group in the church may be wanting the interim as pastor, leading to division. 
On the other hand, some small churches will purposely get a prospective pastor to supply preach a Sunday or two just to check him out.  Just keep all this in mind. 
Also, if he is presently a pastor, during this process you cannot expect him to take off more than a Sunday from his church. 

You can find other doctrinal information at gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com under “Fundamental Doctrines,” “Doctrine,” “Calvinism,” “Baptism,” etc. 

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, April 20, AD 2020. 

Labels:  Pastor Search Committee, Pulpit Committee, New Pastor

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