Recovering True Doctrine in the Christian Home -- By: Tim Bayly
Recovering True Doctrine in the Christian Home
Why The Leaders Of Your Church Need To Be Present At Cbmw’s Upcoming Conference
This coming March, CBMW and FamilyLife will co-host a national conference entitled Building Strong Families in Your Church: A Call to Clarity, Conviction, and Courage in Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Although this is the first conference CBMW has sponsored, we have high expectations that Building Strong Families… will be a historic moment in the life of the Church in North America. There are many goals for this conference. We want to see church leaders from across the country strengthened in their abilities to provide spiritual care in a variety of situations in which many of us feel we lack adequate preparation, insight, or resources. We also desire to provide a time when church and parachurch leaders can join together in fellowship, encouraging one another in faithfulness to the Lord and His Word.
Another goal for this conference that the title makes explicit is our desire to see this time together strengthen our joint resolve to stand publicly in our churches and Christian organizations for specific teachings of Scripture which are increasingly marginalized in our teaching, pastoral care, and preaching ministries. It is this goal, particularly, which we think will make this conference historic.
Why “historic”? Because, similar to three other historic conferences held under the auspices of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy back in the late seventies and early eighties, Building Strong Families is intended to call the Church back to faithfulness to God’s Word at a time when she is casting a longing eye at the world, contemplating disobedience in matters of sexuality, marriage and the family, and church life.
Twenty centuries of church history record for us a succession of critical moments when it became necessary for faithful pastors and other undershepherds of the Church to unite in defense of specific biblical doctrines under attack. At times, wrong teaching is not clearly seen when it first appears. As Irenaeus, the early church’s great champion against gnosticism, wrote: “Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced. .. more true than truth itself.”
When he gave his farewell address to the Ephesian elders, the Apostle Paul summarized the dangers to be faced and courage needed in the work of all faithful shepherds of God’s flock: “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from amon...
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