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John Gill on the Johannine Comma
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:12

One of the more crucial passages at the core of the debate over which family of manuscripts should be the basis for any Bible translation in any language is 1 John 5:7, also called the Johannine Comma. While it's true that the passage is absent from the two older, Alexandrian manuscripts (dating to the 4th Century), the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, it's also true that those two manuscripts disagree with each other in thousands of places which makes them highly suspect. Regardless, the historic and sound position on manuscripts is that the church is the "pillar and ground of the truth." This means God preserved His word among believers, not in caves (Dead Sea Scrolls), trash bins (Sinaiticus), or the Vatican library (Vaticanus). Furthermore, God preserves His word through copying and duplicating it, not by preserving the original. No original copies of any portion of the bible exists. This is why the preferred manuscript family comprises what is called the "Received Text." The text is "received" because it is what our forefathers passed on to us.

We trust God preserved His word. This is a matter of faith. Knowing this has been God's consistent method of preserving His word throughout both testaments ought to affect our thinking on disputed passages, such as the Comma, the longer ending of Mark, or the woman caught in adultery. We trust the word was kept pure throughout all ages, a claim which cannot be made by textual critics.

Below is an excerpt from John Gill's commentary on the Comma, in which he issues a brief defense of it as authentic. We concur.

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Glad Tidings - March 2019
Written by David Wise   
Monday, 18 February 2019 18:33

Please enjoy reading the March 2019 edition of the Glad Tidings newsletter.

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MTZCAST | Episode 13 | Wolves Among the Sheep
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 18 February 2019 11:10

Earlier this week, the Houston Chronicle published a series of articles highlighting sexual abuse and an alleged pattern of cover up among Southern Baptist Churches (SBC) in the United States. This led to blazing conversation among media personalities, commentators, preachers, and individuals on social media. Sad is it is, this is only the latest of other such scandals, as similar cases have rocked IFB, SGM, and ARBCA congregations. This, aside from the repeated cover ups among the Roman Catholic "Priesthood."

In this episode, we consider this shameful fiasco, while speaking to biblical solutions which prevent the potential for wolves to abuse the flock.

Topics include:

  • Sexual abuse scandals
  • Romans 13
  • Church discipline
  • Interchurch communication
  • Family integrated worship
Click here to watch this video cast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWyBeBZRahc

 
Thoughts on Conversion, Mike Ivey
Written by Mike Ivey   
Friday, 15 February 2019 22:19

Elder Mike Ivey posted this on Facebook earlier, and it was too good not to share. - Ben

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Disciples after God's Own Heart
Written by David Wise   
Monday, 11 February 2019 20:17

“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” – Acts 13:22

 

In the midst of Paul’s sermon here in Acts 13, he describes the former king of Israel, David, in a very unique way – as a man after God’s own heart. What distinguished King David as a man after God’s own heart? It was his commitment to fulfill all the will of God. It should be our desire as well to be men and women after God’s own heart by submitting to and following the will of God in our lives.

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New Hymnal Announcement (Update)
Written by Admin   
Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:13

Shared, on behalf of the Worship the King Hymnal directors

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Beloved,

It is our pleasure to introduce to you a new hymnal for public worship: Worship the King: An Old School Baptist Hymnal. This book has been brought into being by the Worship the King Hymnal Corporation.

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What Is Your Identity?
Written by David Wise   
Sunday, 27 January 2019 08:55

“Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?” – John 21:20

 

The Apostle John introduces himself in a curious way quite a few times in his gospel, as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. This might sound, at first blush, as almost a prideful statement by John, declaring himself as the object of Jesus’ love. However, John was not declaring any preeminence over anyone else, that he was the sole or primary source of God’s love. Instead, he simply viewed his primary identity as being loved by Jesus Christ. In like manner, we need to place our primary identity as being loved by Christ.

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Stability in Thy Times
Written by David Wise   
Sunday, 20 January 2019 15:36

“And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.” (Isaiah 33:6)

 

This world has been in a perpetual state of chaos and turmoil since the sin of Adam cursed this world and all its inhabitants. How then can we have any real “stability” in the midst of a world that is filled with so much calamity, sorrow, pain, and vitriol? God gives us the prescription for that “stability” here in his word: it’s by “wisdom and knowledge” that our times can be stabilized while we briefly sojourn here in this world.

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