In Acknowledgement of Dr. Franklin – 2012 Resolution # 4

In Acknowledgement of Dr. Franklin

2012 Resolution #4 

Bob Jones University awarded Mark Franklin the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity at their 85th commencement on May 3, 2012.

Dr. Bruce McAllister, who presented the candidate, shared several events in the life and ministry of Pastor Franklin.  Mark was saved at the age of 12 through the youth ministry of Bethel Community Church.  He graduated from Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, PA, in 1979 and was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1981.   He and Elizabeth Keep were married in 1980 and are the parents of four children.  They have one grandchild.

The Hardingville Bible Church called young Mark as their pastor in 1982, and for thirty years he has served faithfully this dear flock at the country crossroads.  The joy of his life is the pastorate. One of the special features of his distinguished ministry has been the Pastoral Internship Program.  Eleven men have participated in this program and are now serving Christ in their own individual ministries.  Several of them are members of the FFBC.

The University recognized him as a gifted preacher, and a humble and gracious leader in fundamentalism, who has served on the Executive Committee of both the FFBC and ACCC for twenty-five years.  He has been president of our fellowship for three terms and is a noted speaker at camps and conferences.  Pastor Franklin has traveled abroad on two occasions to teach the Word to pastors who labor in the persecuted church.

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in Annual Session at the Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ, August 13-16, 2012, commend BJU for their recognition of Pastor Franklin for his positive leadership, his warm pastoral heart, his gifted pulpit ministry, and his diligent mentoring of young men for ministry.  We also congratulate our dear brother and personal friend, and rejoice with him for God’s goodness and grace.

May the Lord continue to grant wisdom, strength, and guidance to you, Dr. Franklin, as His servant and messenger.     

Standing for Truth in the Face of Danger and Unpopularity – 2012 Resolution # 3

Standing for Truth in the Face of Danger and Unpopularity

2012 Resolution #3

Throughout history, God has called on His people to stand for truth even when it has been unpopular.  In Noah’s day, Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5) while living in the midst of a people whose wickedness “was great in the earth,” and the thoughts of their hearts were “only evil continually.” In John the Baptist’s day, John stood up against the immorality of the king and faced imprisonment and eventual beheading because of his stand for righteousness (Matthew 14; Mark 6).  

In our day, there are many forms of ungodliness that call for a clear response from those that would stand for the truth.  One of those most rapidly advancing in our day is the continued rise of the movement to normalize, legitimize, and promote homosexuality and to silence those who would stand in opposition to the radical pro-homosexual agenda.  This move to normalize what God has clearly condemned in both the Old and New Testaments (Leviticus 18:22-28; Romans 1:26-28) is already having a chilling effect on those who would speak God’s truth about these immoral and wicked behaviors. This effect is seen in prosecutions and legal threats in foreign lands for presenting the Bible truth on homosexuality1, in the comments of elected officials in Chicago, Boston and other cities in regards to the pro-traditional family comments of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, and in the repeated attempts to silence those who have stood in opposition to their agenda by protests, boycotts, physical attacks and vandalism.

Those who promote this agenda often use fallacious arguments to promote their views.  We reject the notion that homosexuality is a civil rights issue2. We also reject that speaking out in regards to this issue is necessarily “homophobic” or done out of “hatred.” Among the most loving things that can be done for someone living in sin is to point out to him his violation of God’s law – for it is the law that serves as a schoolmaster to bring one to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Further, the presenting of God’s truth by Christian people must always be coupled together with both firmness and genuine compassion.  

While the voters continue to reject aspects of this agenda3, many powerful folks in politics and the media continue to push for its acceptance, including President Obama, who recently announced a change in his position on this issue to one of support for the legalization of same-sex marriage.  

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in Annual Session at the Tri-State Bible Conference, in Montague, NJ, August 13-16, 2012, do commit ourselves to continue to stand for Biblical truth and in opposition to the radical homosexual agenda. We commend organizations such as Chick-fil-A for recent comments supporting traditional marriage and the Boy Scouts of America for their recent stand against the gay agenda. We further call upon all those who love the truth to stand together and support those who also take the right stand on this issue, being reminded that “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

1 e.g. Supreme Court case in Canada, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott.

2 See Voddie Baucham’s article “Gay Is Not the New Black” on The Gospel Coalition Blog. Among other issues is the fact that the homosexual community is not an identifiable minority with all the civil rights implication that this truth entails.

3 Presently, all 31 states where same-sex marriage has been on the ballot have voted against same-sex marriage.

A Solemn Protest – 2012 Resolution # 2

A Solemn Protest

2012 Resolution #2

When Israel desired Saul to be king, they came before God’s prophet with the announcement, “We want to be like all the nations”  (1 Samuel 8:5, 20). The LORD would instruct His servant to grant them their request, yet Samuel was to “protest solemnly unto them, and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them”  (1 Samuel 8:9). The point is: there are times when God’s people must rise up in protest over the policies and practices of government.

The present administration in Washington, D.C., continues to enslave future generations in America by their financial policies and “bail outs,” and they are taxing people to buy health insurance or be penalized. Their relentless pursuit of bigger government and expanding social programs will lead to the ultimate demise of this great nation. Further, this present administration continues to sanction perversion by advancing the homosexual agenda while disparaging biblical values and teaching.

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in Annual Session at the Tri-State Bible Conference, in Montague, NJ,  August 13-16, 2012, do protest the liberal agenda of this present administration over these past four years. We further call upon all Bible-believing Christians and conservatives to be certain to vote in the November election. It is time for conservatives to take back Congress and to elect men and women who represent the values that have made America great.

One Generation to Another – 2012 Resolution # 1

One Generation to Another

2012 Resolution #1 

God’s plan is for each generation to teach the next generation about Himself and His mighty acts (Psalm 145:4; Judges 2:10; Matthew 28:19-20). The effective imparting of this truth requires personal diligence, prayer, and an understanding of the times in which we live. It also requires a commitment on the part of God’s people to teach accurately “the whole counsel of God” and to model true godliness before a watching world. The Apostle Paul’s words to young Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2 are instructive… “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” Until the Lord returns for His church, this generation of Christians must be concerned and moved to action to impact the next generation for the glory of God. Our goal is that others might learn to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) as well as know that He is a God Who is “plenteous in mercy” (Psalm 103:8).

Therefore, we, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in Annual Session at the Tri-State Bible Conference, in Montague, NJ, August 13-16, 2012, call on Bible-believing churches to seek to reach this next generation at a time when many are walking away from the faith and claiming to be disinterested or disillusioned. We call on Pastors and church members to recognize the disintegration of the family in our society and seek God for ways to reach the children of broken homes. We call on Pastors to seek to mentor young men like the Apostle Paul did with Timothy and Titus, and we commend those within the FFBC who have mentored men for the ministry.

We further call on pastors, Christian leaders and parents to make sure they themselves are growing “in grace, and in the knowledge” of Christ (2 Peter 2:18). It is important to have an active walk with Christ if we are to reach the next generation effectively.

Fellowship Link – June 2012

Around The FFBC

Pine Island, NY
A good number of Pastors from the FFBC were blessed to participate in the ordination council for Pastor John Lashuay on June 7.  Pastor John did a great job answering questions and sharing his positions. The Pine Island Bible Church family did a wonderful job hosting this special event. Pastor John was officially ordained to the Gospel ministry on June 10 with Pastor Dan Boyce preaching the service. We rejoice in God’s working in Pastor John, his family, and the Pine Island Bible Church family and pray for God to continue to
bless this great work.

Montague, NJ
We rejoice with Chris and Michelle Jenkins on the birth of Benjamin Daniel on June 25, at 1:45 p.m The Jenkins and the Tri-State Bible camp staff are preparing for an exciting summer season of Teen, Junior, and Family camps. There is still time for campers to register and enjoy a great week in a great place.

The FFBC Annual Session will be held on August 13-16. Our theme will be “One Generation To Another” where will be challenged to reach this next generation, one of the most unreached generations ever, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Dr. Will Senn from Tri-City
Baptist Church and Cross Impact Ministries in Westminster, CO., will be our keynote speaker. Register soon.  If you need assistance, let Joe Roof know as soon as possible.  Let’s pray for a great conference.

Don’t forget to encourage the young people ages 8-16 to submit a essay on the subject, “What is Salvation?” by August 5.

Pleasant Hill, CA
The church held a Tisha B’ Av service to reach out to the Jewish community on June 27.

Pray for Cornerstone as they will be holding their VBS on July 8-13;

Youth Rally
The FFBC The FBC Fall Youth Rally will take place, Saturday, September 29 from 1-5 p.m. at the Fun-Plex in Mt. Laurel NJ.
After a fun packed afternoon of bowling, laser tag, indoor gocarts and other activities the young people will enjoy a cookout at Community Bible Church, Barrington. Speaker for the rally will be Chris Jenkins from Tri-State Bible Conference.

FFBC youth, get your friends and church youth group together and plan now to attend! The cost is $20.00 and the FFBC will cover $10.00 of that expense for all youth who register with their leaders by Sunday, August 26.

From The Word
As we prepare to celebrate the 236 birthday of America, we need to be aware of God’s words in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to  any people. While we pledge to be “one nation, under God,” we are one nation under reproach before God. We are under reproach because our nation has allowed women to have the right to choose to murder their children in their wombs which has led to the killing of over 50 million babies.

It takes a wall 492 feet long to contain the names of the 58,022 lives lost at the Vietnam Memorial. It would take a wall over 80 miles  long to write names for each baby killed by abortion. We are under reproach because our nation has normalized immoral behavior  including homosexual behavior. We are under reproach because of a host of other sins that have become acceptable inside and outside of many of the churches of our nation. Erwin Lutzer said, “No nation has turned away from so much light in order to choose darkness. No nation has squandered as many opportunities as we have.”

Pray and preach and call people to turn to the righteousness found in Christ!

* The Link is written by Pastor Joe Roof and sent out monthly to the churches, pastors, delegates, and friends of the FFBC. Please send all questions and suggestions to

Fellowship Link – March – May 2012


Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches

284 Whig Lane Road, Monroeville, NJ 08343

Phone: 856.881.0057


March – May 2012

From the Word

In Acts 4:35, the believers in the early church voluntarily agreed  to meet the needs of others because they were filled with the love of God.  Later, in Acts 6, the Hellenists made it known that the needs of their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.  Instead of  splitting apart over this problem, the church came together under the leadership of the Apostles and dealt with the problem and as a result, the gospel was advanced and the church grew.

God and his glory were the number one concern in this early church. You can see this in their prayer to Him in Acts 4.  Because of their high view of  God, they understood He does  not receive the glory in an  environment where needs are  neglected. They also  understood that God does not receive the glory in environment of division.  Cultural issues were no excuse.

The ministry of the Word was also a great concern for these believers. They held a high view of the Word which meant that the men of the Word needed to stay devoted to the ministry of the Word and prayer. Too many churches have a low view of the Word reflected in all of the things they require their Pastors to do.

They also held a high view of serving the Lord and serving others.  If a church is truly going to help people, it must have people who have integrity and who walk in the Spirit. Do we really want anyone doing anything in the church without the fruit of the Spirit in their lives?

Around The FFBC

Mount Laurel, NJ

Faith Fellowship Baptist Church recently had a sacred concert with Seth and Moriah Custer from BJU.  Seth is the head of the dept. of music theory. He plays the saxophone and his wife Moriah plays the harp. They played 11 hymns, and the evening was a special encouragement to the church family and the families from other churches in the area who attended the concert.

Pine Island, NY

Pine Island Bible Church is excited to announce that God has answered their prayers for a Pastor. On May 6, their current Interim Pastor John Lashuay was called and has accepted the position of Pastor. He will begin on July 1, 2012. The church thanks you for your

Hardingville, NJ

Pastor Mark Franklin received an honorary doctorate for years of faithful service to the Lord from BJU on Friday, May 4.

Cornwall, NY

Cornwall Baptist Church will be hosting their 1st Annual Law Enforcement Camp from July 30 – August 3 under the leadership of Patrolman Joe Racite. Pastor Steve Racite and the church family are in need of our prayers for this special week. There are some financial needs as well.

Montague, NJ

Praise the Lord for a good executive committee meeting on April 30.

Praise the Lord for the fellowship, fun, physical food, and spiritual food at the recent ladies and men’s retreats!

Annual Conference

Mark those calendars for August 13-16, the dates of our Annual Conference!  Will Senn will be our keynote speaker.

There is a desire to help those attend the conference who may not be able to afford to attend.  There has also been a change in the way this help will be provided.

If you need help, let Pastor Joe Roof know soon so we can discuss the need and the new plan.

Looking Ahead

Summer Camps begin on July 9! 

Check out for more info.

The Link is written by Pastor Joe Roof and sent out monthly to the churches, pastors, delegates, and friends of the FFBC. Please send all questions and suggestions to

News from New Hampshire – May 2012 edition

News from New Hampshire
The Prayer Letter of Dan and Sandy Boyce

May 2012

II Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness  instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

These verses have become very dear to me these last few months. As I stated in our last news-letter (March 2012), this area of New Hampshire has long been abandoned by the Gospel plough and seed. Therefore there are so many who are taken captive by the Devil and trapped in his snare. As a servant of the Lord, I must continually seek to teach the Word of God with gentleness, meekness, patience, while not striving, but letting the Holy Spirit and God’s Word do their work in the people’s lives. The only way they can escape this trap is by repenting and acknowledging the truth.

But these verses have also helped me to deal with the Christians that have come our way. Over the past 2½ years of the ministry here 13 folks have left the church. I have prayed about this and sought the answer from the Lord and believe the reason for this is two-fold. Number one, many of these folks are not true believers. But the second reason I believe is the biggest problem; because of the state of the church here in New Hampshire, these dear folks have had no consistent Bible teaching, but have been given a study diet of milk and have no teeth for their maturing in the Word. So, as a servant of the Lord, I also need to be gentile, meek, patient, and not strive with these dear folks as well.

We are rejoicing that Lucas Sanders will be with us for the months of June and July as a summer intern. Please pray that his ministry with us bears much fruit. Also pray that Sandy, Dale, Lucas and I will be faithful servants of the Lord this summer. On June 19 a ladies trio from West Coast Baptist College will be here along with the staff evangelist. Please pray that this service will be well attended by the community. Also there are two folks who are being discipled about baptism this summer, and three folks who are being discipled about church membership.

Thank you for your prayers and support.