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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
We thank the Lord for the 28 Filipinos and 50 leaders and members of True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church who attended the FilBF Get-to-know meeting last Lord’s Day, 07 January 2018. We praise God for blessing us with a very important and timely message on “The 5 C’s of Christian Living” by Pastor Jeffrey Khoo. The scripture text was taken from Hebrews 13:1–21. Here are the 5 C’s: 1. Conversation, our way of life must be guided by the Word of God and we must not be covetous, lustful or idolatrous; 2. Contentment, we must not be greedy, worldly or lovers of money; 3. Communication, we must have a fellowship characterized by loving one another in sharing and sacrificing for the sake of others; 4. Conscience, we must have a good, sensitive and sharp conscience being guided by the commandments of God; 5. Covenant, we must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour which assures us of an everlasting covenant that we can live with Him forever in heaven with God. Pastor contrasted these with the 5 C’s of the Singaporeans.
However, we Filipinos have also our own C’s in life. 1. Cash; just like all men; 2. (Roman) Catholic Church; Filipinos are so bound to idolatry which is totally against the Word of God (Exodus 20:4–6); 3. Clothing and cosmetics; not just the obsession of women but also of men!; 4. Cinemas and clubbing, so much showbiz and adulteries; 5. This last one is probably not so bad (excuses mine), because I do belong to this category, Chickenjoy and cola! Well… we love to eat and drink, even if it is beyond our means and bad to our health!
We thank the True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church Session for accepting our invitation, for all of them were present in spite of their busy schedules. Their family members also responded to our invitation which I believe encouraged all of us. Members of TLBPC also came to show their love and support for this ministry. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
Praise God for the members of the FilBF who were very cooperative in serving the Lord. Special mention to the FEBC students who rendered the praise item and cleaned the area after the dinner fellowship. – Bro Jose.
BIBLICAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT (2/2)
(by Pastor Jeffrey Khoo, True Life BPC Weekly, Vol. XII No 3, 19 October 2014)
A biblical example of Presbyterianism in action can be found in Acts 15. Here we find the Jerusalem Council comprising Apostles and elders coming together to decide on a certain dispute in the church. Certain of the Pharisees were arguing that the Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to be saved (Acts 15:1–6). It is significant that the decision in the council was made by consensus. In the Council, the facts of the matter were established through testimony and based on the final authority of the Holy Scriptures. Peter, Paul and Barnabas gave irrefutable testimony of how the Gentiles were saved purely by believing in Christ without having circumcision (Acts 15:7–12). Then there was James who quoted the Scriptures to prove that God had already predicted and promised the salvation of the Gentiles who believe (Acts 15:13–18). The Council then decided that the Gentiles need not be circumcised for their salvation, and passed a resolution that although the Gentiles need not be circumcised, they must keep themselves away from idolatry and immorality (Acts 15:19–21). The resolution was published throughout all the churches by word and letter (Acts 15:22–29).
What Is Bible-Presbyterianism?
It is important to remember our Bible-Presbyterian roots. Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”
It began in the USA. In 1924, the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PCUSA) denied the five fundamentals of the Christian Faith, namely, (1) the inerrancy of Scripture, (2) the virgin birth, (3) the substitutionary atonement, (4) the bodily resurrection, and (5) the miracles of Christ in their “Auburn Affirmation” which was really a defamation of the Christian Faith. J Gresham Machen defended the Faith but was outvoted by the majority in the PCUSA and Princeton Theological Seminary where he was professor of Greek and New Testament. In 1929, Machen came out of the PCUSA and Princeton to found the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and Westminster Theological Seminary. Carl McIntire who was one of the students at Princeton followed Machen.
Carl McIntire however left the OPC in 1937 because he could not agree with the amillennial position of the OPC and its view of moderate smoking and drinking. McIntire advocated total abstinence and was premillennial in his view of the end times. In 1937, McIntire left the OPC to found the Bible Presbyterian Church (BPC) and Faith Theological Seminary.
Our late founding pastor Timothy Tow studied theology at Faith Seminary from 1948 to 1950. There he caught the spirit of the 20th Century Reformation from McIntire and joined the International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC) against the liberal and ecumenical World Council of Churches (WCC). Upon graduation from Faith, he returned to Singapore and founded the Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore and Malaysia (1950) and the Far Eastern Bible College (1962).
As Bible-Presbyterians, we embrace the spirit of the Protestant Reformation and the doctrines of Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, and Sola Scriptura over against the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. We believe the Holy Scriptures to be perfectly inspired and preserved by God to the jot and tittle, and hence totally infallible and inerrant, our sole and supreme authority of faith and practice. We believe the traditional Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus together give us the complete Word of God, and consider the King James Version to be the best, most faithful and accurate Bible in the English language. We are Calvinistic and hold to the five points of Calvinism (TULIP). We hold to Covenant Theology and see the unity and continuity of God’s redemptive plan as promised in the Old Testament and accomplished in the New Testament. We subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1646. We believe in the premillennial return of Christ and see a distinction between Israel and the Church. JK
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