"This made such an impression on my heart that I got up out of my hammock, picked up a saw, and cut off a leafy green branch from a tree. As soon as the saw passed through the branch, I knew that the leaves were as good as dead, even though they looked as healthy as they had a moment before. Soon they would wither because they were cut off from the living source. I took that branch with me to work and still have it. The leaves are completely dead now, because I cut that branch almost ten years ago. It represented the end of the era of unregenerate church members dominating the life of FBC." (link)
Cathedral in Europe (Taken by Deb)
Andy Davis, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, claims to possess great discernment regarding what is "Biblical". In fact, he is so sure of himself that he proclaims the following at the conclusion of his reformation article posted on the 9 Marks website (see link above):
"ONE OF THE GREATEST DISPLAYS OF GOD’S GLORY
The reformation of First Baptist Church is one of the greatest displays of God’s glory that I have ever seen in my life. My prayer is that God will use this narrative to effect similar reformation in other churches around the world for his glory."
Several months ago, I wrote a post entitled What are Family Integrated Churches, which included a heartfelt letter from a pastor to his congregation expressing concern over the family integrated church movement. The pastor began his letter as follows:
"Dear Church Family,
Have you heard of the “family-integrated church” (FIC) movement? If you are familiar with classical Christian education resources like Vision Forum, you have probably encountered the influence of this growing movement. Or perhaps you have seen recent ads in World Magazine for an upcoming conference sponsored by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC). Speakers at this conference include Ken Ham, Paul Washer, Andy Davis (First Baptist, Durham), Vision Forum’s Doug Phillips, and the director of the NCFIC, Scott Brown (a pastor in Wake Forest, NC)."
Not knowing much about Andy Davis at the time, I immediately became concerned about his associations with these men, who also believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that they know what is "Biblical". As our readers know, we have written extensively about Doug Phillips (Vision Forum), Scott Brown (National Center for Family Integrated Churches), and Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis). Paul Washer is a close associate of Phillips and Brown.
As I began to research these associations, here is what I have discovered. Davis has been invited to speak at conferences sponsored by Vision Forum Ministries and the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC). Just the fact that he has been deemed worthy to address the audiences of those associated with Vision Forum and NCFIC should set off alarm bells! For those who may not be familiar with these individuals and their organizations, we highly recommend that you check our categories section for previous articles that explain our concerns.
Now let's take a look at Andy Davis' involvement with these two organizations. In April 2007 Davis spoke at a Vision Forum Ministries event called "United Church and Family", along with Scott Brown, Steve Breagy, and Jason Dohm. (link)
The Vision Forum website includes the following biographical information on Davis:
"Andy was raised a Roman Catholic, and graduated from MIT with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has a great passion for expository preaching and Scripture memory. He has a PhD in Church History from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, has been a church planter in Japan, and is now the pastor of First Baptist Church, in Durham North Carolina. He and his wife Christi have five children ages 15 to 2."
Some of our readers may remember a previous post in which we explained how Scott Brown and Jason Dohm were causing tremendous problems at Trinity Baptist Church in Wake Forest. (link) They resigned as elders in 2006 and started Hope Baptist Church. Sadly, Trinity Baptist in Wake Forest is now defunct.
In 2009 Andy Davis served as a Faith and Freedom Mini-Tour Guide for Vision Forum's Reformation 500 Celebration. (link) Speakers at this event were Scott Brown and Geoffrey Botkin. Doug Phillips, Esq. and R.C. Sproul, Jr. also served as tour guides at this event. I wonder if the congregation of First Baptist Durham have any idea who Davis and his family are hanging out with during their leisure time. The individuals listed here have some pretty peculiar ideas about faith and family. Ever heard of Quiverfull (link) and Stay at Home Daughters (link)? We hope you will take the time to check out these posts in order to begin understanding who these people are and what they represent.
In 2009 Davis was invited to be a workshop speaker at an NCFIC conference on The Sufficiency of Scripture (SOS) (link) that featured the following keynote speakers: Doug Phillips, Scott Brown, Voddie Baucham, Ken Ham, Kevin Swanson, and Paul Washer, among others. (link) Interestingly, Geoff Botkin was also a workshop speaker at this conference.
UPDATE 5/20/13: According to the NCFIC conference schedule, David discussed these three topics: Scripture is Sufficient for Personal Sanctification, Scripture is Sufficient for Building Faith and Transforming Character, and Scripture is Sufficient for Habits of Obedience.
Just a year ago, Andy Davis spoke at an NCFIC event called Love the Church, along with Doug Phillips, Scott Brown, Paul Washer, and other like-minded men. (link) Here is a brief description of the conference:
"At this conference we will cast a vision for church life that is presented in scripture. Our prayer is for a rising number of churches dedicated to the glory of God alone. We will communicate the biblical doctrine of the church, explain her importance, her calling and her destiny. We will show how you and your family fit in to the church of Jesus Christ and how He has called you to love and serve her. We will bring messages on evangelism, missions, church planting, and discipleship through local churches. We will be explaining particularly important church practices such as singing, scripture reading, the Lord’s table, baptism, Sabbath keeping and church discipline. We will explain the importance of the sufficiency of scripture for the government of the church and how to apply the “regulative principle” in church life."
Davis' bio is also featured on the NCFIC website at the above link. The website states:
"Dr. Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he later earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1984. He then began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Eaton-Nova Corporation in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was married to Christine Lee Rogers on May 14, 1988, and they have two sons and three daughters.
Dr. Davis started his seminary training while working as an engineer and earned his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990. In 1992, Dr. Davis resigned from his engineering position to pastor the New Meadows Baptist Church in Topsfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, the Davis family followed the call of the Lord to Tokushima, Japan, where they were involved in church planting through the International Mission Board. In 1998, Dr. Davis graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, with a Ph.D. in Church History.
In October of 1998, Dr. Davis accepted a call to be the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Durham, NC."
We have been investigating Phillips, Brown, and their ilk for almost three years, and we are extremely disturbed that Andy Davis is rubbing elbows with them. In recent months two videos have been released that clearly reveal what these men and their movements represent. Divided is a documentary that promotes family integrated churches. Scott Brown's son-in-law wrote and produced the video, and Brown is listed as the Executive Producer. NCFIC was disinvited from this year's D6 conference because they were deemed too divisive due to their staunch criticism of age-segregated churches.
The second video, Indoctrination, features some of the names listed in this post. It is a highly disturbing documentary that is touted by Davis' buddies at Vision Forum and the National Center of Family Integrated Churches.
If you are new to TWW, I have thrown a lot of information at you in a hurry. Here is the bottom line. We must be very careful with our associations because they can definitely influence us. Knowing what I do about Doug Phillips and Scott Brown, I have to question whether Davis' decision to associate with them is wise. I hope the members of his congregation will question their pastor about his involvement with these highly controversial organizations – Vision Forum and NCFIC.
Given this disturbing information, I am left wondering whether Andy Davis is truly qualified to determine what is Biblical. How dare he associate with these controversial characters and then point fingers at FBC congregants, accusing them of being UNREGENERATE (see quote at top).
And if the above information isn't scary enough, here are the top two books that Pastor Davis' wife highly recommends: Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney and Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughter Nicole Whitacre. (link)
UPDATE 5/20/13: When this post was published, the above link recommending the Mahaney books worked. Should have taken a screen shot… It appears that recommended book lists have been removed from First Baptist Durham's website.
I have both of these books and plan to review them soon so our readers will understand what the Mahaney "girls" and those who recommend their books are promoting.
Update from Nicole Whitacre – C.J. Mahaney's Daughter (link)
"This week though, we are busy packing up our house in Virginia. We are moving to Louisville, KY so that my husband can attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, prior to planting a Sovereign Grace Church. For many years, Steve has had a growing desire to plant a church, and an equally strong desire to be further equipped and trained for the task of preaching God's Word. We are so grateful for this opportunity to attend Southern and we have already been so blessed by the godly people we have met there."
Lydia's Corner: Job 4:1-7:21 1 Corinthians 14:18-40 Psalm 37:30-40 Proverbs 21:27