Trends In The Light Of Truth -- By: George J. Carlson

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 01:3 (Fall 1958)
Article: Trends In The Light Of Truth
Author: George J. Carlson


Trends In The Light Of Truth

George J. Carlson

Marquette Manor Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois

PREFACE—The following is written from notes of remarks addressed to the Pastors’ Conference of Peoria, Illinois, March 2, 1955. We hereby cast “bread upon the waters” of these moving theological times mindful of the truth that it is always easier to “find and diagnose the flaws of the existing systems and conditions than it is to advance ideas which will aid in alleviating and eliminating individual and social evils.”1

I. The Definition

The subject for these remarks was assigned me. This title “Trends in the Light of Truth” is imposing and casts on me a shadow if these trends are not viewed in the light of our “Light of Truth,” the Scripture. I claim all responsibility for what I say in these remarks, for they reflect my findings, my diagnosis, my analysis. I make no apology for being my own thinker, my own observer. My own particular background of thinking and study and training as well as experience go into what I say. This is a truism affecting all who would either write or speak. Since we were not preexistent souls before the dawn of time, and of the divine essence, none of us can say with finality “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. . .” save one and He is the Son of God.

As Conservative Baptists we are Bible Believing people theologically, and a New Testament Church people ecclesiologically. We view the history of Christianity, in its broad significance, and the history of the New Testament Church, not in its developmental, confessional or reformational aspect, but in the adherence to or departures from the New Testament Scripture. Accordingly I believe a definition of what we are is found in two verses of Scripture which for our purpose epitomize our definition:

(A) We Are This Scripturally—

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them (joined) about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 2:41–42.

(B) Plus This Evangelically—

“Pertaining to or designating any school of Protestants which holds that the essence of the gospel consists mainly in its doctrines of man’s sinful condition and need of salvation, the revelation of God’s grace in Christ, the necessity of spiritual renovation, and participation in the experience of redemption through faith;”

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

(C) Plus Th...
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