Fall Conference Resolutions

In each of our quarterly Conferences we pass a series of resolutions in order to make practical application of some of our principles and convictions to current issues. The following resolutions were passed in our Fall Conference of 2004.

RESOLUTION ON THE MOVIE THEATER

WHEREAS the Bible commands believers to maintain a clear distinction between what pleases God and what is ungodly, clinging to what is good and avoiding what is evil (1 Thess 5:21–22; Rom 12:9), while the movie theater has historically been a place where sinful actions and unbiblical thinking have been promoted and voyeuristically enjoyed (Rom 1:32); and

WHEREAS the Bible forbids believers to love this world system, comprised of the sinful desire for pleasure, possessions, and position (1 John 2:16), because love for the world and love for God are mutually exclusive (Jas 4:4; 1 John 2:15), while the movie theater is a place where the world parades its desires and paints their fulfillment as all-important; and

WHEREAS the Bible requires believers to put away any sort of communication that does not build one up in the truth of God’s Word (Eph 4:29, 31), while the movie theater consistently opposes God, biblical morality, and the family; and

WHEREAS the Bible clearly states that immorality, filthiness, foolish talking, and dirty double meanings have no place in believers’ lives (Eph 5:3–4), while immoral, unprofitable, and mindless humor are staples of movie theater entertainment; and

WHEREAS the Bible instructs believers not to make any allowance for their sinful nature (Rom 13:14) or to give the devil any advantage (Eph 4:27), but to guard their minds, keeping their thoughts pure (Phil 4:8; Prov 4:23), while the movie theater unabashedly solicits those who willingly view immoral, violent, and abusive action and speech;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference on October 8–9, at Greencastle Bible Church,
Carroll, Ohio, reaffirm our conviction that the movie theater is a place Christians ought to avoid since it is inconsistent with godly Christian living (1 Pet 2:11; 2 Cor 6:14–18); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we faithfully teach our people to understand the danger of the world’s thinking and its desires, to test everything by the Word of God (Eph 4:12–14; 1 John 4:1), and to denounce as sinful the filthy and godless material the world calls entertainment (Eph 5:11–12); and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we live in a consistently alert and sober-minded way (Eph 5:15; 1 Pet 5:8), using the time, energy, and resources with which God entrusts us to pursue a holy life and a fuller knowledge of Him (Eph 5:16–18; 2 Pet 1:5–8; Col 3:1–2).

RESOLUTION ON DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

WHEREAS Christians must reflect the holiness of God through the militant exposure and denunciation of (Eph 5:11; Jude 3) and ecclesiastical separation from apostates (2 Cor 6:14–7:1) and Christian brethren who disobey such commands (2 Thess 3:6, 14); and

WHEREAS Christians must carefully entrust the faith to the next generation of believers so they in turn will be able to both pass on and defend the faith (1 Tim 1:18–19; 2 Tim 2:2; Titus 1:9); and

WHEREAS Dallas Theological Seminary has repudiated ecclesiastical separation and militancy since its inception by advocating continuance in apostate denominations and merely “giving out the positive truth”; and

WHEREAS Dallas Theological Seminary teaches both pastors and its students new evangelicalism through its professors, chapel speakers, and publications; and

WHEREAS students of Dallas Theological Seminary from fundamental churches imbibe new evangelicalism from the school, resulting in failures in personal and ecclesiastical separation, the softening of militancy, and their eventual departure from fundamentalism;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference on October 8–9, at Greencastle Bible Church, Carroll, Ohio, refuse to promote, recommend, aid, or cooperate with Dallas Theological Seminary; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we advise men preparing for ministry to attend schools that have a commitment to militant separatist fundamentalism and will equip them for faithful service, resisting any aura of intellectualism or prestige that a new evangelical school such as Dallas Theological Seminary may give; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we warn pastors, educators, and church members to keep the new evangelical character of Dallas Theological Seminary in view when reading their materials.

A RESOLUTION ON FUNDAMENTALISM AND OUR SCHOOLS

WHEREAS we call ourselves fundamentalists and claim the heritage of those who separated from apostasy and established new churches, denominations, fellowships, missions and schools on the basis of God’s command to come out from disobedient associations as commanded in II Corinthians 6:14–18; and

WHEREAS the convictions of fundamentalism have become increasingly unpopular in the postmodern world and many formerly fundamentalist churches, denominations, fellowships, missions, and schools have drifted into a new evangelical orientation; and

WHEREAS new evangelicalism is a philosophy of cooperation which allows men and organizations to disobey the scriptural commands and associate with men and things from which they should scripturally separate; and

WHEREAS this has opened the door for the toleration of ecumenical evangelism, rock and roll music, the movies, the mega church movement, contemporary worship services, inappropriate dress in the Lord’s house, and many other facets of worldliness; and

WHEREAS history demonstrates that any church, school, or movement which remains silent about the truth of fundamentalism and the dangers of new evangelicalism, and is not militant in its teaching of biblical separation, will inevitably drift toward new evangelicalism; and

WHEREAS we look to our fundamental schools for a continual supply of young Christian leaders to fill our pews and our pulpits;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference on October 8–9, at Greencastle Bible Church, Carroll, Ohio, exhort our fundamental schools to renew their commitment to the teaching of biblical separation, and to warn their students of the philosophy and proponents of new
evangelicalism; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we encourage our schools to give diligence to the development of an academic program, a chapel program, and a spiritual life program, leading to that end, which will not only explain fundamentalism but will also inculcate a love for it, thereby producing a new generation of fundamentalists who will stand for personal and ecclesiastical purity in the twenty-first century.

RESOLUTION ON THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE

WHEREAS we believe we should take a stand against false teachers who seek to lead our churches into false philosophies of ministry; and

WHEREAS the end time apostate church will be dominated by a man-centered philosophy (2 Timothy 3:1–9; 4:3–4); and

WHEREAS in man-centered philosophies there is a removal and denial of the fear of God (Psalm 111:10), a denying of God’s judgment involving the Christian (Hebrews 10:30–31; 12:4–11), and a redefining of worldliness (James 4:4–10); and

WHEREAS the Purpose Driven philosophy of ministry has been propagated by such men as Rick Warren and is a philosophy that is man-centered rather than God-centered; and

WHEREAS over ten million copies of his book The Purpose Driven Life are being used by churches of all theological stripes which have incorporated its unbiblical teaching; and

WHEREAS Rick Warren uses a wrong method of eisegesis rather than exegesis in his book The Purpose Driven Life, redefining theological terms and ideas to fit his own secular philosophy, and emphasizing modern psychological concepts such as self-acceptance and building up your own self-esteem; and

WHEREAS there is no sound teaching or reference concerning the doctrine of holiness, and its teaching on separation is distorted and unbiblical (1 Peter 1:14–16; 2 Corinthians 6:16–18; 1 Timothy 6:3–5); and

WHEREAS the Purpose Driven philosophy seeks to distort biblical worship, creating a mancentered worship that encourages men to seek what they enjoy rather than what pleases God (John 4:24);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference on October 8–9, 2004, at Greencastle Bible Church, Carroll, Ohio, take a stand against the false teaching of The Purpose Driven Life; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we will warn our congregation of the dangers of this mancentered philosophy and encourage and admonish them to read books which focus and give rightful place to the God of the Bible rather than man.

October 2004

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