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Bible Conference Report

The 20th Anniversary Bible Conference was a great success, with 21 alumni preaching and over 150 alumni attending. The Reunion Ensemble Choir included well over one hundred voices in each service. It was a great encouragement to see our alumni staying true to the Word of God. Click here to listen to sermons.

In each evening service, a different faculty member was honored for twenty years of faithful service at Ambassador Baptist College. On Monday evening, Mrs. Rosenau and Miss Robinett were honored with testimonies of appreciation, a bouquet of roses, and a commemorative trophy. Dr. Childs was recognized on Tuesday evening and a video presentation of testimonies was viewed. On Thursday evening, along with a video presentation of appreciation, Dr. Scovill was surprised to receive the first copy of a brand new choral collection of his choir arrangements entitled “Can You See The Lord?” This collection is available for sale immediately from the college bookstore. Dr. Comfort was honored on Friday evening with a video presentation of highlights from his life and ministry in evangelism, as well as memories of the founding of the college. He was named as a member of the Order of the Long-Leaf Pine by a representative from the North Carolina governor’s office. Remarks were entered on his behalf in the Congressional Record of the US House of Representatives, and he also received a large monetary gift from the ABC alumni and friends of the Comforts.

The £13 Project

On the heels of the 2008 Missions Conference, Pastor Norman Johnston, the missions director here at Ambassador, preached a message on the important sacrifices needed for world missions. He spoke of the gathering of preachers who met when the decision was made to send William Carey to India. After some discussion and thought, a little more than £13 was collected for Carey by eleven poor, unknown, godly pastors who had a burden to reach the world with the gospel. That was a tremendous sacrifice in a day when the average pastor’s yearly salary was about £30.

As a result of the message, God burdened one of our seniors, John Uit de Flesch, to see if the Ambassador family could make their own sacrifice for world missions. We teamed up with Mr. Scott Rabideau of Southeast Baptist Seedline Ministry to prepare copies of John and Romans for foreign missionaries. In light of Pastor Johnston’s message, we named this venture “The £13 Project.”

From start to finish, over 200 people participated. The Lord allowed the Ambassador family to raise $5,116.00 for this endeavor. From Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7, many students, faculty, staff, and their families prepared, cut, collated, stapled, and boxed copies of the Word of God. There was an atmosphere of excitement as each one was involved in handling Scriptures that will reach and win untold numbers of people in foreign lands! We praise the Lord that the work was accomplished in record time. All told, 43,050 copies of John and Romans were produced, and at 12:05PM on Saturday, Brother Rabideau pulled away from the campus with over 130 boxes of the John & Romans. They are headed to El Salvador and other Spanish speaking countries where they will be given to missionaries and distributed among many high school and college students. To God be the glory! Great things He hath done!

Is Jesus God?

Does the Bible really teach that Jesus Christ is God? Many cults deny the deity of Christ. Listen to this classic doctrinal message preached by Pastor Nathan Deatrick, weaving the book of John with the Old Testament to prove the deity of Christ.

The Famine Is Coming

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In Amos 8:11, the prophet Amos warns the nation of Israel, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” Amos is telling the nation about the coming captivity when the people would long for the words of the Lord which they had ignored in their prosperity.

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In Amos 8:11, the prophet Amos warns the nation of Israel, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” Amos is telling the nation about the coming captivity when the people would long for the words of the Lord which they had ignored in their prosperity.

In 1975, I was with a tour group that visited Moscow for four days. We spent quite some time at Customs and Immigration assuring the authorities that the Bibles in our luggage were our personal copies and were not for distribution. A lady in our tour group said that a missionary acquaintance of hers spent three years in prison for handing out one Gospel tract in Russia. One could feel the oppression of a nation without God.

As a part of our tour, our guide proudly took us to an area of religious art in one of the large museums. In her effort to identify the paintings for us, she offered, “This painting depicts Moses baptizing Jesus Christ.” I gently told her that according to the Bible, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and not by Moses. She confessed to me that she had never read or seen a Bible in her life. As I looked at the religious art, I was reminded that Russia did experience revival in the eighteenth century, and I began to wonder how the nation had moved from revival to the place it was in 1975 where one could be imprisoned just for giving someone a Gospel tract. I concluded that Russia went through four stages. First of all, they had the Gospel. Secondly, they became used to the Gospel. Then, they became indifferent to the Gospel; and finally, God took away the Gospel from them.

I am not sure to which of the two middle stages America has declined. If we are indeed in stage three, could it be that the next generation will experience the time when God takes away the Gospel from our land? God’s admonition to Ephesus was, “…repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Rev. 2:5)

If the United States government, through hate crimes legislation, can jail individuals who will proclaim what the Bible says about homosexuality and can forbid us to discipline our children according to the Book of Proverbs, they could also legislate that we cannot preach on Hell or on topics relating to the judgment of God. They could also mandate that unless we preach an ecumenical message that Jesus Christ is not the only way to Heaven, our local church will be marked as an illegitimate entity.

Famine is coming! First of all, consider the reasons for the famine. I contend that the major reason for the famine is the condition in the pulpit. I am deeply concerned about the attitude of many young men who are graduating from our Christian colleges and going into the ministry. It appears to me that there is a lack of passion about the urgency of the hour. Psychology has replaced passion. Very seldom do preachers preach messages which reach the heart. Sermons are prevalent, serving only to swell the head. There is a deluge of comfortable theology rather than confrontational truths. Many young men are coming out of fundamental seminaries believing that we do not have the authoritative Word of God today. If I did not believe that we have the preserved Word of God as our authority, I would not be in the ministry.

A survey was taken among 1100 young fundamentalists who are graduates of Christian colleges or seminaries with which the reader is familiar. The results were astounding. Twelve percent believe that the Bible becomes the Word of God only when he reads it by faith. Fifty-eight percent believe in the sovereignty of God according to Calvinistic theology, while eight percent were unsure. Seventy percent were sympathetic to Calvinist or Reformed theology. Thirteen percent believe in annihilation or no literal hell. Forty-eight percent said that the preacher should not preach on loose music standards, while eighty-six percent felt that music was not an issue at all. Thirty-nine percent believe that the emerging church philosophy as portrayed by Bill Hybels and Rick Warren is not an issue. Forty-five percent were not convinced fundamentalists. Twenty percent believed in drinking in moderation. Thirty-three percent believe that R-rated movies are permissible for a Christian to view. Thirty-five percent said that they had personal devotions three or fewer times in the week prior to the survey.

When these conditions are prevalent in the pulpit, you have complacency in the pew. Hosea 4:9 reads, “And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.” In my opinion the greatest paradox in the Bible is Matthew 24:12: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” It would seem that when iniquity is abounding, the love of many would wax hot. In my forty-seven years in evangelism, I have never seen a day when alarm was at a greater height. Everywhere I go Christians are expressing concern that the foundations of our country are being destroyed every day of our lives. The paradox is that in these forty-seven years, I have never seen a day when consecration was at a lower depth.

In II Chronicles chapter fifteen, we see the results of the famine. In verse three we read of national depravity, “Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.” Azariah said that the northern kingdom had been without the true God because the eight kings that reigned in Israel during the forty-one-year rule of Asa were all evil. Azariah used Israel’s problems as an example of the evil that would come to Judah if they turned away from God as their northern brothers had. Today there is an attempt by many to take God totally out of our national life, but there is also an alarming mediocrity in the ministry that is unprecedented in my lifetime. When Azariah spoke about the northern kingdom being without the law, he was speaking not about civil authority, but about the Word of God. I am seeing an attack on the Bible as never before. Many well-known preachers in our country would believe in dynamic equivalency, which is thought-inspiration rather than verbal inspiration. If we succumb to that theology, then there is no Word of God.

With national depravity comes national disaster. In II Chronicles 15:5-6, I read, “And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.” Those are the conditions that will prevail in the tribulation period. However, Azariah gives us a ray of sunshine in II Chronicles 15:4, when he states, “But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.” The only hope for America is a national revival. Our desire at Ambassador Baptist College is to train young people with a passion for souls to accompany the authority of the Word of God.

Messiah Concert Video

Videos from the Messiah concert are now available. Click below to watch online, or right-click and choose “Save As” to download videos.

Dr. Childs Tribute Video

On Wednesday, December 10, Dr. Ernest Childs was honored for his years of service at ABC. In a tremendous show of love, the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college took up an offering of $15,000 to help Dr. and Mrs. Childs. A tribute video was also shown.