The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 1 Timothy 3:1
Note the plural...elders...and they arise from the congregation as one who "has been taught." They have different spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12). Each can teach in turn and the others weigh what is preached (1 Corinthians 14:29-33).
But this bibical model has been replaced with a traditional model...one Pastor over deacons and elders who in turn are over the congregation. This model places too much power in one man.
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 1 Corinthians 6:2-3
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. 11It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. Romans 14:9-13
The problem in judging is knowing what we can judge and what we should not judge. If a bother is living in sexual immorality...then it should be judged (1 Corinthians 5). If it is false doctrine from a false teacher it should be judged (2 Corinthians 11:1-4). But it is a matter of the timing of the rapture, which Bible translation we prefer, going to movies, hair or skirt lengths ect. then we should show grace and love.
I am a Biblical Fundamentalist....but not of the KJV variety.
I affirm the foundational truths of the historic Christian Faith: The doctrine of the Trinity; the incarnation, virgin birth, substitutionary atonement, bodily resurrection and glorious ascension, and Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; the new birth through regeneration by the Holy Spirit; the resurrection of the saints to life eternal; the resurrection of the ungodly to final judgment and eternal death; the fellowship of the saints, who are the body of Christ.
I am Evangelical...but not of the Neo variety
I am a balanced Calvinist...not of the hyper variety.
I am Independent Baptist...not of the legalistic isolationist variety.
I am a Separatist...not of the militant or secondary variety.
I am a Pauline dispensationslist...but not of the Classical, Modified, Progressive of Hyper variety.
I am a Baptist...not of the baptismal regenerationist or sacramental regenerationist variety.
What is termed in the negetive as "pessimistic" is better to be called "Realistic." The world is fallen and under the curse of sin. Jesus did not leave His Church on this earth for this dispenation to make it better or to bring His kingdom on earth to rule over Israel and the Gentile nations. This came out of Augustines "City of God"...but not from the Bible. Jesus said in His last prayer:
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17
We are ambassadors in a foregin land. We represent the King of Kings to give the terms of war or of reconciliation. The sinner can fight Him or join Him. We are to be faithful until our service is finished either by death or by rescue via an air lift.
"In that day," declares the LORD , "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master. Hosea 2:16-23
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-27
Old Testament...Israel will be wife to God the Father.
New Testament...The Church will be the wife of the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:7-10)
New Covenant with the house of Israel and of Judah (Hebrews 8) will establish her back in her land with the King on David's throne, the kingdom to rule over the earth, the city and the temple built with the priests offering sacrifices (Ezekiel 37:15-28, 40-48).
New Covenant in Jesus' blood gives us the city He has built for us...the New Jerusalem..His bride...to rule over the universe in the millennium and into the eternal ages (Revelation 21:1-22:5).
This is only some of how we are seperate bodies in God's eternal plan. We cannot see the big picture because we focus on this earth. This earth will be burned up (2 Peter 3) and the new is promised to Israel via Abraham. The Church is promised the heavens...
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
Profession does not automatically mean acceptance. Acceptance comes from God who knows the heart of the one who professes Him as "Lord" and means to serve Him with all his heart, mind, body and soul. By transformation and regeneration of the will formerly held in bondage to self pleasure the saints is now in bondage to the will of God to do righteousness. None of this is true for one who professes that Jesus is "Lord" but their heart is far from Him. They are more interested in morality, religiosity and praise from men that will advance them in the world...but have no vested interest in the King, His kingdom or His will. Their heart, mind, body and soul is still their own to command as they please.
To wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1:10
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 1 Thesslonians 5:9 & 10
The bottomline difference is will we see the Lord Jesus Christ or will we see "the man of sin?" (2 Thessalonians 2:3 & 4). If it is to see the appearing of the Lord Jesus that is immenant then we need to be ready at any moment so we are not caught unawares and be ashamed (1 John 2:28-3:3). If it is to witness the revelation of "the man of sin"....then the other positions are just a mere triffle of how long we suffer before we are martyred. Certianly we cannot survive to the apppearing of Jesus...only remain faithful until death. I live pretribulational...and prepare to suffer all for Christ and not to deny His name. I am confident in pretrib only because 69 weeks were for Israel...and so it will be for the 70th week. No text says the Church is included with Israel.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17
The most basic dispensational divison is Old and New Testament. It is when you refine it...that the controversey starts.
Gentiles take up the book of Genesis to chapter 12 and the book of Job.
Israel takes up Genesis 12- Acts 15
Jesus came in the Old Testsment under the Law in the nation of Judea. He offered Israel the kingdom and preached to them "the gosepl of the kingdom" and commissioned the apostles to preach the same to "the lost house of Israel."
The New Testament begins after Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20...into the book of Acts.
The Church under the New Covenant in Jesus' blood did not start until Pentecost....and will be moved to heaven...covering Acts 1-Revelation 5 and 19-22.
The doctrines of the Church were revealed to Paul by the ascended resurrected Jesus about the "gospel of grace" and the "mysteries."
Israel's final seventieth seven will complete her destiny in God program started in the prophets and end with Revelation 6-19.
This is only some of the facets. I started at Modified, then to Classical, and now hold to Pauline Dispensationalism.
...in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. John 4:2
I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius...household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) 1 Corinthians 1:14 & 16
It is tradition...not scriptures, that limit the administration of the ordinace of immersion to and ordained minister in a baptistry located in the Church. We give lip service to the "priesthood of believers" but limit the work of the Church of preaching and the ordinaces to one man we call the Pastor, Reverand, ect.