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MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY CONFERENCE
Moral Government Theology teaches Christian Doctrines like the freedom of man’s will, the conditional nature of salvation, the Atonement of Christ that was made for all men, the drawing grace of God which can be resisted by man, the mandate and attainability of sanctification in this life, and the conditional security of the believer.
For many years I attended a Moral Government Theology Conference in Shipshewana Indiana, which had been an annual event for over twenty years – give or take. But a few years ago the conference was discontinued and so the need arose for a new moral government theology conference. I suggested to some friends that we host one in Lindale Texas and we successfully hosted the first one a little while ago.
MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY EXAMPLES
Jesus said that if a man does not abide in him, he is cast forth as a branch and burned. This is the conditional security of the believer. It is not enough to have said a prayer as a child. Being a Christian, aka following Christ, is a daily decision.
In John 15:6 Jesus uses the word μείνῃ for abide and it means continue. Jesus is saying, “if a man continue not in me…” He’s not talking about those who were never in Christ in the first place. He is talking about those who do not continue in Christ. Those who fall away from Christ become unfruitful branches that will ultimately be burned. That’s sound doctrine.
What did the atonement of Christ accomplish? The unconditional salvation of a few? No. The unconditional salvation of everyone? No. The atonement makes possible the conditional salvation of anyone – rendering the sins of unbelievers forgivable and the sins of believers actually forgiven.
The atonement accomplished the justification of God in the forgiveness of sin, according to Romans 3:24-26:
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:24-26
The atonement of Christ is a substitute for the penalty of hell. As such, the atonement justifies God in the forgiveness of sin. God is justified in not punishing our sins, in remitting the penalty for our sins, because the atonement takes the place of penalty and accomplishes its governmental purposes. Christ died “that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” God justifies us by remitting our eternal damnation and He is justified in doing this because of the atonement of Christ. That’s good theology.
The prophet Ezekiel said the children do not bear the iniquity of the fathers, neither do the fathers bear the iniquities of their children, but the soul that sinneth it shall die (Ezekiel 18). Taking personal responsibility for your life, instead of blaming your sins upon others, is essential for true conviction and biblical conversion. That’s what confession and repentance is all about. A revival of free will doctrine is needed for a revival of biblical conversions. It was essential for my conversion that I stopped blaming my sins upon my father and taking personal responsibility for my actions. Personal responsibility is good theology and sound doctrine.
The Revival Theology Conference had a really good turn out. People came from all over. We had local brethren from the Lindale, Tyler, Garden Valley TX area. But people also came in from out of state like Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, and elsewhere. We were also blessed by a local church with a solid pastor who let us use their sanctuary!
Winkie Pratney was our keynote speaker on the opening night. He’s been in ministry for some 50 years or more. He’s traveled all over the world teaching the Bible, speaking to many churches and conferences every year. He’s especially worked closely with YWAM – Youth with a Mission. In his older age he can’t travel the way he used to so he called in via video call to address everyone. Winkie has written many wonderful books with good theology, like The Nature and Character of God, Youth Aflame, and many more. I’ve learned a lot of good theology from him. He’s one of the first people to turn me on to “Moral Government Theology.” Winkie was friends with the late Leonard Ravenhill and it was Winkie who first introduced Keith Green to the writings of Charles Finney as well.
We had many other wonderful guest speakers as well, like the late Jed Smock. Brother Jed always delivered stirring sermons, both on campuses in the open air and in Churches from the Pulpit. Jed has also written many great theological books on scriptures like Romans 6, 7, and 8. And Romans 9, 10, 11.
Other speakers included our friends at Chi Alpha like Pastor Eli from College Station and Pastor Kyle Volkmer from San Antonio. Everyone gave wonderful messages that I’m working on re-uploading to my YouTube channel.
This was a meeting between the older generation and the younger generation. A kind of passing of the torch, if you will.
At the end of the conference I delivered a message on “The Revival Theology of Charles G. Finney.” I highlighted various theological truths that contributed greatly to Finney’s success. While false doctrine hinders the salvation of souls, true doctrine helps bring sinners to repentance and usher them into the kingdom of God. Again, I’ll re-upload this sermon to My Youtube as time allows.
The best part of any Theology Conference is the Book Table! We had many good books available with solid theology. But even if you didn’t come to the conference, you can still check them out in our online bookstore! Click Here
One book in our Bookstore that you might be particularly interested in, which was essentially the theme of this conference, is ““The Secret of Success in the Ministry of Charles G. Finney” by Gordon C. Olson.” Check it out!
All in all the Revival Theology Conference was such a great success, I may consider doing another Moral Government Theology Conference in the future. If I do, I’ll be sure to let everyone know and you should come!
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