Today’s Task -- By: Franz McKnight

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 02:1 (Spring 1959)
Article: Today’s Task
Author: Franz McKnight

Today’s Task

Franz McKnight

Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Estherville, Iowa

from a Chapel message at Central C. B. Seminary, December 3, 1958

“For, the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. “‘

- II Corinthians 5:14

Young gentlemen, we live in a day-of rising apostasy. Everywhere, in every denomination, among all of the people of the world who are within the bounds of Christendom, we see this apostasy rising on every hand. In the midst of this rising apostasy we must stand for truth as never before. Our presentation of the Word of God must always be strongly separatistic, Biblical, Baptistic, dispensational, and with great emphasis on eschatological truths. We must in this day of increasing defection from the faith stand firmly on the fundamental doctrines of the Word. Our stand must be both soundly orthodox arid thoroughly evangelistic, and at the heart of such a task is a personal devotional life centered on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sound Scriptural Endeavor

First, we must be separatistic. You and I must be separated individuals. We must be separated from the world, as so many verses in our Bible tell us. We must be separated from everything that is contrary to the eternal Word of God. This book sets forth the eternal verities. We cannot, we must not, do anything in contradiction to it, and so we must be separate. Not only should we be separated from the world, but we should also be separated from an ecclesiastical machine which will draw us away from the Lord Jesus Christ. We must be separated from all kinds of ecclesiastical chicanery.

Also, we must be Biblical. We must stand for that which is in God’s Word. This is in truth the eternal Word of an eternal God,, and to be contrary to it is to draw the ire of God. We must, therefore, believe the Word; preach its message; pronounce its judgments; and practice its precepts.

Next, we must be Baptistic. There are too many people today who are. perfectly willing to be Baptist if it does not cost. They are willing to go along with the Baptists, in order to exploit them, but they will not stand in the heat of the battle. You and I then, must hold forth faithfully the eternal verities of the historical Baptist position. We cannot countenance covenant theology; it is basically wrong. Having been conceived in the minds of men rather than in the eternal Word, its premises, although they are

logical, are unbiblical. Calvinistic theology with its emphasis, on the covenant will not suffice for Baptists. Bapt...

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