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Who Is Right?

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After a preaching recently, a young Australian man in his early twenties came to me and respectfully showed me that a statement I had made was not biblically true. He apologized for correcting me. Immediately I told him that he was like the Bereans who, “…searched the Scriptures…to see if those things were so…” I commended him for his respectful approach and for showing me Scripture that was in keeping with the teaching of the Word of God. The question was not, “Who is right?” but rather “What is right?”

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On my recent trip to Australia to preach at the National Baptist Fellowship, I preached a series of messages on Abraham from Genesis chapter 12. I quoted a statement that I had read in A. W. Pink’s book Gleanings in Genesis. I have made the statement for years in my preaching, and to my shame had not given it a great deal of thought. However, a young Australian man in his early twenties came to me and respectfully showed me that the statement is not biblically true. He apologized for correcting me. Immediately I told him that he was like the Bereans who, “…searched the Scriptures…to see if those things were so…” I commended him for his respectful approach and for showing me Scripture that was in keeping with the teaching of the Word of God. The question was not, “Who is right?” but rather “What is right?”

In this semester’s evangelism class, I have thirty-four young men preparing for the ministry of evangelism. I was relating to them a few of the many instances in my ministry where I have been given an ultimatum, “If you preach for him, you can’t preach for me.” A junior student asked, “What do we do when we are given that kind of an ultimatum?” I responded, “Live by two words: do right.” Again it is not “Who is right?” but “What is right?”

The Ambassador Baptist College students are frequently told that nothing in the Bible says they must be loyal to a man or an institution, but rather they must be loyal to the Bible. God is a God of truth (Deut. 32:4). The Bible is truth (John 17:17). Jesus is truth incarnate (John 14:6). If my loyalty is to the Word of Truth and the God of Truth, it matters not what a fellowship, a college, or a person says.

Recently I communicated with a young man who seemed to be going in a new evangelical direction. He justified his actions by various statements from his friends or men after whom he had read; however, it matters not what even good men say. Actions must be based upon the Bible, and not on what men say.

This is an age of “men followers.” One of my greatest concerns is that the young men who graduate from Ambassador Baptist College may get enamored with personalities or movements that are man-centered. Isaiah 42:8 states, “I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another…” Paul rebuked the Corinthians for being men-followers and called them carnal. He was very forthright in condemning anyone who would exalt him rather than incarnate Truth.

On the other hand, some have left the ranks of fundamental Baptists because they have seen excesses in some. Because of a few, they stereotype all of us as being mean-spirited, imbalanced, and non-thinkers. Obviously there are those who would fit that description who call themselves fundamental Baptists; however, the men with whom I feel comfortable are those who are independent in their thinking. Their loyalties are not to a man, school, movement, or fellowship, but to the Bible. I was delighted to meet some men in Australia that fit that very description. I thoroughly enjoyed their fellowship.

Without exception, every graduate of Ambassador Baptist College who has departed from the philosophy that he was taught here has been influenced by personalities or by authors after whom he has read. He follows men or movements, but not the God of Truth, the Word of Truth or the Incarnate Truth.

The songwriter says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

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Ten Reasons why Ambassador Baptist Graduate School May Be the Place for You

  1. We give primacy of place to preaching.
    We are above all a “school of the prophets” which trains men to preach. Our faculty has almost 400 years of combined experience in the ministry and over 65 years of combined experience in the office of the evangelist.
  2. We have a genuine and emphatically Baptist emphasis.
    The Baptist distinctives are grounded in the New Testament.
  3. We stand in the tradition of historic Fundamentalism.
    Historic Fundamentalism is Pauline Christianity.
  4. We offer a balanced curriculum that reflects the three-fold command of the Great Commission.
    Proper emphasis is just as important as proper doctrine.
  5. We have a mature and experienced faculty.
    All Bible faculty are pastoring or have pastored independent Baptist churches.
  6. We combine academic excellence with spiritual vitality.
    All department heads and many other faculty have earned doctorates. Scholarship on fire is intensely practical.
  7. We define our doctrine as Baptist biblicism with a dispensational slant.
    We are neither Calvinist nor Arminian.
  8. We have a traditional and conservative philosophy of music.
    Our music department is outstanding!
  9. We insist that all of our students, beginning in their freshman year, be active in the independent Baptist churches in our area.
    Many area pastors testify that our students have been a great encouragement to their churches.
  10. We have a strong, thoroughly Christian philosophy in the training of our Christian School teachers.
    Our program is for Christian schools only.

For more information on the Ambassador Baptist Graduate School, click here.

Thanksgiving Report at ABC

The Lord has truly blessed the Fall 2007 semester at Ambassador Baptist College. During the Thanksgiving holiday, many blessings from earlier in the year were brought to mind. Please read the following paragraphs to learn what God is doing at Ambassador Baptist College.

Annual Praise Chapel—Wednesday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m.

The annual Praise Chapel is always a highlight of the college year. It is a time of Thanksgiving and praise to our mighty God. This year’s chapel was not an exception. The chapel service lasted over 2 and one-half hours and consisted of 102 testimonies mixed with various instrumental numbers. A variety of things were mentioned in praising the Lord: salvation, answered prayer, family, local church, and many other things as well. Click here to listen to the testimonies.

Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl—Thursday, November 22 at 10 a.m.

What do preacher boys do when they have Thanksgiving Day off from classes? The answer is easy. They play a rough game of flag football. Each Thanksgiving, the dormitory men challenge the married men to a game of flag football. For four of the last five years, the dormitory men have defeated the married men. However, the married men prevailed this year by beating the young men 52-14. Many students and family members gathered around the activity field to watch the competition. The Turkey Bowl manifests the family atmosphere that prevails at ABC.

Thanksgiving Concert—Thursday, November 22 at 7 p.m.

It is often said that preaching is king and music is queen at ABC. On Thursday evening, our college family and visitors were blessed with a music concert by the ABC tenor trio, consisting of Dr. Don Scovill, Dwight Smith, and Alton Beal. The trio provided approximately fifty minutes of music, including the following numbers: “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked,” “Amazed,” “He Made The Blind To See,” and “Down From His Glory.” At the conclusion of the concert, Evangelist Dwight Smith delivered an evangelistic message.

Messiah Concerts—Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 at 7 p.m.

The ABC Chorale practices diligently each fall semester for the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Because of space limitations, the concert is offered on two successive nights. More than 900 people packed into the Torrey Auditorium on these two nights to hear this musical masterpiece. Under the direction of Mr. Todd Scovill, the Chorale sang familiar numbers: “For Unto Us A Child Is Born,” “Glory To God,” and the time-honored “Hallelujah Chorus.” Several trusted Christ on Friday night after an evangelistic message by Dr. Ron Comfort.

TAC Conference Report

On Saturday, November 10, Evangelist Bryan Samms preached at Ambassador’s annual Teens In Action for Christ (TAC) Conference on the college campus. Almost 200 teens and sponsors from several different states participated in “Construction Eruption.” The competition was fierce, but at the close of the day, the Painters were victorious over the Plumbers, Electricians, and Carpenters. The Lord spoke to many hearts in the two services with Evangelist Samms. Several teens trusted Christ as Savior and others made life changing decisions.

Click here to listen to the sermons from this year’s TAC Conference.

Next year’s TAC Conference will be held on Saturday, November 9, with Evangelist Mike Pelletier. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for that event, please email your request to [email protected]. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for the 2008 Teens in Action for Christ Conference.

Friends Banquet at Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church in Gray, TN

The ABC Friends Banquet recently held at Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church in Gray, TN, was a great success. On Friday, October 19th, several alumni and area pastors joined members of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church to honor Pastor Gene Lasley for his faithful service in the ministry. During the banquet, Dr. Ron Comfort spoke on the foundations of the college, and Assistant to the President Dwight Smith spoke about the need for a school like at Ambassador. Plans were also presented to name the next men’s dormitory Gene Lasley Hall in honor of Pastor Lasley. At the end of the banquet, an offering totaling more than $16,500 was received for the project. Upon completion, the new dormitory will provide comfortable accommodations for our young men who are training for the ministry.

Gene Lasley Hall Construction To Begin!

ABC is about to begin building a much needed men’s dormitory! During the summer months, a friend donated $300,000 toward the construction of a new dormitory for our preacher boys. The dormitory will be named in honor of Pastor Gene Lasley. Brother Lasley is the pastor of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church in Gray, Tennessee. We pray that his faithfulness to the Lord will be duplicated in the lives of our students.

For years, many of our young men have cheerfully lived in very modest facilities. With some rooms housing up to ten young men, and others in need of basic repairs, the need for a new dorm has become apparent. Please pray for our leadership staff as we estimate the total cost of the project.