Hugh’s News & Views (Billy Graham)


Billy Graham—dubbed by the press as “America’s Pastor”—is dead! He passed away on Wednesday, February 21, at the age of 99. He was an American icon and the friend and counselor of Presidents. America and the world are extending their love and sympathy to the Graham family—as well they should be doing. Unlike that of so many others, Billy Graham’s ministry was untarnished by either sex or financial scandals. His message of morality and upright living which he passionately proclaimed for almost six decades should be embraced by all who seek a better life for themselves, their families, our country, and the world. Any truth he set forth from scripture should be believed and embraced.

While I had great respect for Mr. Graham, there is much about his teaching and practice with which I disagree because I find it contrary to the Scriptures. While Mr. Graham preferred to be addressed simply as “Billy,” the media insisted on referring to him as “Reverend,” and he accepted that title. Yet, I find this specific word only once in our English Bible, and there it is used to refer to God, not man (Psalm 111:9, KJV). More determinative, however, is the fact that Jesus spoke against the wearing of religious titles. He emphatically stated, “But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. And do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father in heaven” (Matthew 23:8-9). Furthermore, the distinction between “clergy” and “laity” is of man and not of God. The apostle Peter explained that all Christians constitute “a royal priesthood” (I Peter 2:9). Continue reading

#baptist-church, #billy-graham, #denominationlism, #hughfulford

Public Discussion on Water Baptism – May 27 & 28, 2016

This advertisement is via an email announcement being made by the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, TX:

On Friday and Saturday night, Jack Honeycutt of the Willette church of Christ will be discussing the essentiality of baptism for the remission of sins with Michael Brawner, a Missionary Baptist Preacher. Jack will affirm the proposition, “The Scriptures teach, ‘a person must be baptized in water as a requirement for salvation.'” Michael Brawner will affirm the proposition, “The Scriptures teach, ‘a person’s last requirement for soul salvation is faith only in Jesus Christ, coming from the heart.'”

GBN will broadcast the event live, with pre-event coverage beginning at 5:30pm CDT each evening. Mike Hixson and Bart Warren will host GBN’s coverage of the event. The event can be viewed on our GBN cable stations, as well as on our website.

Recently, Jack Honeycutt was in the studio and talked about some of the events leading up to the public discussion.The recording of this interview is available also by clicking here.

#baptist-church, #church-of-christ, #faith-alone, #purpose-of-water-baptism, #religious-debates

What must I do to be…a member of the Baptist Church?

Is it “easier” to get into heaven or into the Baptist Church? Well, according to a book-marker sized tract that I have the Baptist Church is a little more particular than heaven when it comes to what a person must do to enjoy membership with them!

The book-marker tells its reader “How to Join” the particular “First Baptist Church” that the tract came from. And even though it’s not the gospel there’s good news for those who are interested because there are four ways that this can be done: 1) Profession of Faith and Baptism which says “I have accepted Christ and would like to join ________ and be baptized by immersion.” 2) Baptism from Another Denomination which says, “I am a Christian but have never been baptized by immersion. I would like to join and be baptized by immersion.” 3) Transfer of Letter which says, “I am a member of a Southern Baptist church and would like to transfer my membership to ______.” and 4) Statement of Faith which says , “I am a Christian and have been baptized by immersion. I would like to join ______.

That’s some interesting stuff to me for several reasons, but the primary one is that apparently it’s easier (fewer restrictions/requirements) to get saved and become a member of the kingdom of God than it is to become a member at that particular Baptist Church! For according to them Heaven doesn’t require a person to be immersed to enjoy salvation but immersion is required to enjoy their fellowship.

The truth of the matter, when it comes to salvation and faith and baptism, is that if one desires to become a child of God and be added to his church then one does not have to worry with meeting the guidelines or requirements of man; all one has to do is listen to the instructions that a Holy Spirit inspired preacher gave so long ago when he told a salvation seeking people, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

According to the scriptures of God a person is not saved and then baptized – they are baptized and then they are saved! Acts 2:41,42 goes on to proclaim, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” This is in complete harmony with Mark 16:16. And that is completely contrary to what the Baptist Church teaches.

So although, according to their own teaching, it may be easier to become a Christian than to become a member of the Baptist Church, the real question should be, “Do I want to be added to a man-made church by their rules and regulations, or do I want to be added to God’s church by the Lord?” Because the answer that one receives to the latter will not be the same answer that one receives to the former. Let heaven declare the particulars and the way to salvation will be revealed by the word of the Lord.

“…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)

#baptism, #baptist-church, #christianity, #how-to-become-a-christian, #salvation

Name Change?

Perhaps you’ll find the piece below interesting. I understand why this might occur (no biblical authority for the name), but it is a terrible shame when some are embarrassed by the Lord’s name – like we have some amongst us! 

Southern Baptists Considering Name Change

In order to better reach people for Jesus Christ, the Southern Baptist Convention — the largest Protestant denomination — is giving serious thought to changing its name. A presidential task force has been set up to study a possible change to the 166-year-old name that 16 million members reportedly identify with.

The SBC President Bryant Wright placed the proposal on the table on Monday during the first day of the SBC Executive Committee’s meeting in Nashville. The committee, comprised of 83 representatives, acts on behalf of the SBC between sessions. Wright explained that the denomination’s name poses some barriers, especially in church planting efforts, noting that it’s “so regional.” “A name change could position us to maximize our effectiveness in reaching North America for Jesus Christ in the 21st century,” Wright stated.

R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one of the most recognized Southern Baptist leaders in the country, said that Monday night’s discussion about the name change was vigorous and emotional. “Those who spoke to the issue with such passion and concern sent a clear and honest signal of how difficult the task may be. Family discussions are often difficult, but this is what healthy families do — they work through the challenges rather than run from them,” Mohler said. He listed some reasons why the denomination should consider changing its name. “We were established as an association of churches that would appoint slaveholders as missionaries. There is so much to celebrate in the heritage of our beloved denomination, but there is also a deep stain that is associated with slavery, the nation’s sectional division prior to and during the Civil War, and the legacy of racism,” Mohler wrote.

Questions the task force will be addressing are: “Is there value in considering a name change? If so, what would be a good name to suggest? What would be the potential legal ramifications of a name change? What would be the potential financial implications?” Meanwhile, Wright is seeking suggestions on a new name for the SBC at


#baptist-church, #name-change

I am going to maintain that there…

“I am going to maintain that there is no act at all that any man in the Old Testament time or the New ever had to perform in order to be saved. Salvation is received by faith, and faith is the only thing you can do without doing anything.”

Baptist preacher, Ben Bogard, arguing against baptism in the Hardeman-Bogard Debate, p. 93 (ponder the contradiction in his last sentence).

#baptist-church, #baptist-preacher, #ben-bogard