2019 – Conference Theme “Reproducing Faithful Men”
Whereas many churches have become libertine in their teaching and preaching, whereby concessions are made to politically correct attitudes and approval/sanction of practices that are clearly in contradiction to Biblical principles and doctrines (Matthew 15:9); and
Whereas many of these churches are now being led by men who were never trained in authentic exposition and application of Scripture, either in Bible College or Seminary, and have no compunctions/convictions against quoting, as authoritative, secular sources or Liberal and compromised theologians, who deny the plenary, inerrant, infallible inspiration of God’s Word; and
Whereas Paul’s commands to Timothy, “Preach the word” (II Timothy 4:2), and to Titus, “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (Titus 1:9), as well as, “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1), specifically identify the Word of God as the source and content of pastoral preaching and teaching; and
Whereas Christ’s Great Commission gives all believers the responsibility to evangelize and teach “all things whatsoever I have commanded you” in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ, not men, in all nations. (Matthew 28:19), as illustrated by the Apostle Paul’s instruction to Timothy to take what he had learned from Paul and commit it “to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:2); and
Whereas since reproducing other disciples includes encouraging others to love, know, and obey the Word of God, as well as teach and preach sound doctrine (John 8:31-32; I Tim. 4:15; II Tim. 3:16-17; Titus 1:9; 2:1), and not resort to secular psychology concealed by the use of Scriptural terminology; and
Whereas it is the duty of the Church to produce disciples who are sound in doctrine, under the ministries of “faithful men” who are committed to the literal/normal, grammatical, historical, contextual, and dispensational interpretation of Scripture and not pander to the weaknesses of those who would prefer to hear smooth things and deceits that compromise the righteousness of God (Isaiah 30:10);
Be it, therefore, resolved that we, the members of the Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America, meeting at Chesapeake, VA, June 18 – 20, 2019, commit ourselves to be faithful men who will likewise do our utmost before God to seek and reproduce faithful men to follow us.