The Purpose Of A Conservative Baptist Seminary -- By: Richard V. Clearwaters
CenQ 5:4 (Winter 1962) p. 1
The Purpose Of A Conservative Baptist Seminary
Central Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary
(This message was delivered at the opening of the Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary of Denver, Colorado, in 1950).
This school stands as a symbol of the Conservative Baptist Cause. Like many of the Conservative Baptist organizations that have preceded it, this school came into existence because of a great need. That need is the training of leaders for our Conservative Baptist constituency. When this institution was still being formed in the minds of leaders, there was unity of opinion that its name should be Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary, Since the beginning of the Conservative Baptist work this name itself has served a dual purpose: The name Conservative Baptist attracts those of like faith, belief, and practice, and at the same time repels those who are not of the same faith, belief, and practice who would otherwise afflict themselves upon us.
Because I have never been allergic to humor I listen occasionally to the popular radio program called, “Amos and Andy.” Recently one of the characters had fashioned some perfume of his own admixture that seemed a bit strange to his friend. When the friend asked about the ingredients that he had used he quickly replied that he had used Taboo perfume and D.D.T. He hastened to explain that he used the Taboo for its attracting powers, and after a little hesitation he said he put the D.D.T. “to keep off the flies. “Our application of this story is to the theological “gad flies” of modernism and collaborationism. We are living in an era when it is almost impossible to preserve a pure New Testament witness because of the many enemies of “The faith which was once for all delivered
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unto the saints, for there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” How true the statement of Dr. A. T. Pierson increasingly becomes, “the world has become a little churchy, but the church has become immensely worldly.” The name Conservative Baptist will repel the Baptists who spell their Conservative Baptist with a small “c. “
What The Purpose Of The Seminary Is Not
The purpose of this Seminary is most unlike the purpose of liberal seminaries, Baptist or otherwise, all of which are committed uniformly to ecumenicity. Liberal seminaries have a three-fold purpose. They are training social protesters rather than spiritual prophets. These religious leaders are protestin...
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