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  • 24 Pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: October 1991
  • ISBN: SREISIERCWHATSHOULDWETHINKOFT9780851513898

What Should We Think of the Carnal Christian? (Banner Booklet)

Reisinger, Ernest C.

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'The Carnal Christian’ is an incisive analysis of one of the major problems in the contemporary evangelical scene in the United States. If evangelicals are now 35 or 40 million strong how is it that the life of the nation is so little affected? Evangelism has reaped a great harvest but the question has been rightly raised, what is wrong with the harvest? One of the most popular answers to this question is that too many Christians have stopped at ‘conversion’; they are ‘carnal Christians’ who have not yet learned to live a surrendered life. Ernest Reisinger examines this suggestion and the consequences which have resulted from its widespread acceptance. If this view of the ‘carnal Christian’ theory is correct then the real problem is more serious than is commonly supposed. It is a problem which can only be solved by a return to the New Testament’s teaching on conversion.

About the Author

Ernest C Reisinger, builder, pastor and author, has been described as an ‘unsung hero of the twentieth-century renaissance in Reformed Theology’. Reisinger, a Reformed Baptist pastor, helped lay the foundation for what became the Founders Ministries, which was instrumental under God in returning Southern Baptists to their Reformed beginnings.

Born in 1919 at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he became a successful businessman in his hometown. He married Mima Jane Shirley in March 1938; she was to be his wife for over sixty years. He was converted in his mid-twenties prior to serving in the US Navy during the Second World War, later making a public profession of his faith at a Salvation Army meeting. He was subsequently baptized in 1943 at a Southern Baptist Church in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Despite his early affiliation with Presbyterianism, in the 1950s he helped establish the Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. By this time he had come to a knowledge of ‘the doctrines of grace’ through his study of Christian literature. He then felt, as John Bunyan once wrote, ‘I had grown from a babe into a man’.

As time passed, the Carlisle church decided that Reisinger should be ordained. In 1971, ‘the charge to the church’ at the ordination service was brought by the popular Dr. Cornelius Van Til of Westminster Theological Seminary. After his ordination Reisinger served as pastor to churches in Islamorada and North Pompano in Florida. These were Southern Baptist churches, and, by the 1980s he was playing a leading role in working for the recovery of the doctrines of grace in that denomination. He demonstrated that this was a recovery, not an introduction, by directing the reprinting of James Boyce’s Abstract of Theology. To the last he remained the Associate Editor of The Founders Journal: Committed to Historic Southern Baptist Principles.

In 1967, Reisinger became the first US trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust, and several key titles republished by Banner were done at his suggestion. He wrote helpfully himself, and What Should We Think of the Carnal Christian? (1978) and Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments? (1999) were published by the Trust. Ernie Reisinger went to be with his Lord in May, 2004, as the result of a heart attack.

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'The Carnal Christian’ is an incisive analysis of one of the major problems in the contemporary evangelical scene in the United States. If evangelicals are now 35 or 40 million strong how is it that the life of the nation is so little affected? Evangelism has reaped a great harvest but the question has been rightly raised, what is wrong with the harvest? One of the most popular answers to this question is that too many Christians have stopped at ‘conversion’; they are ‘carnal Christians’ who have not yet learned to live a surrendered life. Ernest Reisinger examines this suggestion and the consequences which have resulted from its widespread acceptance. If this view of the ‘carnal Christian’ theory is correct then the real problem is more serious than is commonly supposed. It is a problem which can only be solved by a return to the New Testament’s teaching on conversion.

About the Author

Ernest C Reisinger, builder, pastor and author, has been described as an ‘unsung hero of the twentieth-century renaissance in Reformed Theology’. Reisinger, a Reformed Baptist pastor, helped lay the foundation for what became the Founders Ministries, which was instrumental under God in returning Southern Baptists to their Reformed beginnings.

Born in 1919 at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he became a successful businessman in his hometown. He married Mima Jane Shirley in March 1938; she was to be his wife for over sixty years. He was converted in his mid-twenties prior to serving in the US Navy during the Second World War, later making a public profession of his faith at a Salvation Army meeting. He was subsequently baptized in 1943 at a Southern Baptist Church in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Despite his early affiliation with Presbyterianism, in the 1950s he helped establish the Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. By this time he had come to a knowledge of ‘the doctrines of grace’ through his study of Christian literature. He then felt, as John Bunyan once wrote, ‘I had grown from a babe into a man’.

As time passed, the Carlisle church decided that Reisinger should be ordained. In 1971, ‘the charge to the church’ at the ordination service was brought by the popular Dr. Cornelius Van Til of Westminster Theological Seminary. After his ordination Reisinger served as pastor to churches in Islamorada and North Pompano in Florida. These were Southern Baptist churches, and, by the 1980s he was playing a leading role in working for the recovery of the doctrines of grace in that denomination. He demonstrated that this was a recovery, not an introduction, by directing the reprinting of James Boyce’s Abstract of Theology. To the last he remained the Associate Editor of The Founders Journal: Committed to Historic Southern Baptist Principles.

In 1967, Reisinger became the first US trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust, and several key titles republished by Banner were done at his suggestion. He wrote helpfully himself, and What Should We Think of the Carnal Christian? (1978) and Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments? (1999) were published by the Trust. Ernie Reisinger went to be with his Lord in May, 2004, as the result of a heart attack.

  • Cover Type:
  • 24 Pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: October 1991
  • ISBN: SREISIERCWHATSHOULDWETHINKOFT9780851513898