As I am getting to the end of my Ph. D. studies, I am looking for the Lord's direction about a place where I can teach the Word of God at a college and/or seminary level, as well as preach, in a more full-time way than I am currently doing as an adjunct professor. My main concern, by far, is that I am in a church where I can feel comfortable teaching and preaching all the truth without compromise--that is more important than, say, secondary issues such as whether I can get financially compensated.
I have posted my resume below; I have removed my home address and listed my church address instead, as I do not really wish to have my personal information everywhere on the Internet. You can get in touch with me through my church if you wish to discuss anything concerning this matter.
Even if, as a reader of this blog, you have nothing to offer concerning a church or a position, the resume below may give you a somewhat better idea of who it is that is posting on What is Truth every Friday.
I have also posted below the resume a doctrinal and practical position statement.
Thomas D. Ross
Mukwonago Baptist Church
1610 Honeywell Road
Mukwonago, WI 53149
• BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Born into a non-Christian home
Born again in October 1995 during freshman year at college shortly before sixteenth birthday (a detailed testimony of conversion is available on my website), and subsequently baptized into the Faith Baptist Church of Great Barrington, MA. Expelled from home by non-Christian family because of Christian convictions while a student at U. C. Berkeley.
Called to preach and teach the Word of God in full-time ministry in 1998.
Married in 2007 to Heather (Roberts) Ross
Ph. D. Great Plains Baptist Divinity School (est. 2013—dissertation almost complete)
Th. M. Anchor Baptist Theological Seminary (2009)
M. Div. Great Plains Baptist Divinity School (2007)
M. A. Fairhaven Baptist College (2001)
B. A. University of California, Berkeley (1999)
A. A. Simon’s Rock College of Bard (1997)
While seeking for theological degrees from institutions run by Baptist churches, since the church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15), in connection with my degree programs, courses were also taken and studies pursued at the doctoral and master’s level at the following institutions: Westminster Seminary, Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, Baptist Bible Seminary, Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and the Institute of Theological Studies. Courses at an undergraduate level were also taken at Lehigh Valley Baptist Bible Institute, Bethel Baptist Bible Institute, Laerhaus Judaica, Valparasio University, and City College of San Francisco.
• MINISTRY EXPERIENCE:
Professor, Baptist College of Ministry and Theological Seminary, a ministry of Falls Baptist Church, Menomonee Falls, WI. Adjunct professor teaching post-graduate, graduate, and undergraduate courses in Koiné Greek and classical Hebrew. Starting in 2012, also a professor at the Mukwonago Baptist Bible Institute, a ministry of Mukwonago Baptist Church, teaching theological studies.
Member, Mukwonago Baptist Church, serving the Lord through preaching in church services and church ministries such as the Mukwonago Baptist Academy, teaching in settings including Bible Institute, Sunday School, Junior Church, Vacation Bible School, and Mukwonago Baptist Academy, evangelizing and making disciples through committed and regular house-to-house witnessing, tract distribution, evangelistic Bible studies, street preaching, youth ministry, hospitality in the home, personal contacts, and as many other ways of outreach as possible. Helping to train new converts to observe “all things whatsoever” Christ has commanded and continuing that ministry with church members. Engaging in writing ministry, completing the book Heaven Only for the Baptized? The Gospel of Christ vs. Pardon through Baptism (El Sobrante, CA: Pillar & Ground, 2013; Kindle version, 2011) and a large number of pamphlets and tracts available at http://sites.google.com/site/thross7. Also serving in vocal and instrumental music ministry and participating in a variety of other church functions, from serving on the membership committee to church work days.
August, 2003-June, 2006:
Teacher, Bethel Christian Academy, El Sobrante, CA. Taught, in different years, 9th-12th English, 12th Physics, 11th Chemistry, 10th Biology, 7th-9th General Science, 7th-12th Bible, 9th-10th Math, 5th Math, 7th-12th Physical Education. Also substituted for 3rd-8th grades as needed & provided preparation for standardized testing (S. A. T. & A. C. T.).
December 2001-July 2006:
Member, Bethel Baptist Church. Received training for the ministry through close personal work with Pastor Kent Brandenburg and Assistant Pastor David Sutton. Engaged in preaching, teaching, discipleship, speaking engagements at various locations including public debates with members of the Church of Christ denomination, visitation, camp ministry, nursing home ministry, and music ministry. Edited the books Thou Shalt Keep Them: A Biblical Theology of the Perfect Preservation of Scripture, Sound Music of Sounding Brass? and Fashion Statement: A Study of Biblical Apparel with Kent Brandenburg. Licensed as a minister by Bethel Baptist Church.
September 2001-May 2003:
Member, Lehigh Valley Baptist Church, Emmaus, PA, while attending seminary. Served in various ministry capacities, as also previously at Fairhaven Baptist Church in Chesterton, IN, and before that time at Heritage Baptist Church in Oakland, CA, Calvary Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA, and Faith Baptist Church in Great Barrington, MA.
• SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
*The Doctrine of Sanctification: An Exegetical and Elenctic Examination, with Application, in Historic Baptist Perspective (Ph. D. diss., forthcoming; est. 1,000 pgs)
*Evangelical Modernism: A Comparison of Scriptural or Fundamentalist Analysis of the Synoptic Gospels with that of the Majority of Modern Evangelicalism
*The Longevity of the New Testament Autographs
*The Canonicity of the Received Bible Established From Baptist Confessions
*Are Accurate Copies and Translations of Scripture Inspired? A Study of 2 Timothy 3:16
*The Debate over the Inspiration of the Hebrew Vowel Points
*Evidences for the Inspiration of the Hebrew Vowel Points
*An Analysis of All the Variations Between the Textus Receptus and the Westcott-Hort Greek text in Matthew 1-10, Demonstrating the Theological and Literary Inferiority of the Critical Text to the Textus Receptus
*Thou Shalt Keep Them: A Biblical Theology of the Perfect Preservation of Scripture (ed. Thomas Ross; gen. ed. Kent Brandenburg)
*The Prologue to the Canonical Epistles by Jerome: Ancient Testimony to 1 John 5:7
*“They Pierced My Hands and My Feet”: the KJV reading of Psalm 22:16
*Is “God forbid” a Mistranslation in the KJV?
*The Worship of the Son of God in Scripture and the Earliest Christianity
*Objections to the Trinity Answered
*Did the Trinity come from Paganism?
*Spirit Baptism—The Historic Baptist View Expounded and Defended
*2 Corinthians 13:14, the “Communion of the Holy Ghost,” and the Related Question of the Legitimacy of Prayer Addressed Directly to the Person of the Holy Spirit
*A Study of the Biblical Doctrine of Abiding in Christ
*A Study of Ephesians 5:18: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
*“As ye have received Christ . . . so walk ye in Him”—a proof text for sanctification by faith alone?
*An Exposition Of Romans 9, Including A Demonstration That The Chapter Does Not Teach Calvinism
*A Word Study Demonstrating the Meaning of the Word “Church,” Ekklesia, and consequently the Nature of the Church as a Local Assembly only, not a Universal, Invisible Entity
*The Great Commission in Scripture and History
*Thoughts On the Bride of Christ
*The Biblical Mandate for House to House Evangelism
*Images of the Church in 1 Clement
*What are “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs”?
*A Critique of Rosenthal’s Pre-Wrath Rapture Theory
*Are there Seven Church Ages in Revelation 2-3?
*Were the Reformers Heretics? Their Theology of Baptism and Other Topics Analyzed
*Considerations on Revival in American History
*Psalm-Singing and the English Particular Baptists to 1700
*Cosmetics in Scripture and History
*Children of Obedient Parents Turning Out For God—Certainty or Mere Possibility?
*An Examination of Proverbs 22:6 and Related Texts
*The Bible and Divorce
*Isaiah 47 and the Biblical Length of Apparel
*Deuteronomy 22:5 and Gender Distinct Clothing
*Biblical Considerations on the Length of Clothing
*The Captain of the Hosts of the Lord: Joshua 5:13-6:2
*Syllabus for 2nd Year Greek
*Syntax, Exegetical, and Devotional Questions on Romans
Popular Level and Controversial:
*Heaven Only For the Baptized? The Gospel of Christ vs. Pardon Through Baptism
*Romans 10:9-14: Sinner’s Prayers for Salvation?
*Luke 23:43 and the Comma—Was the Thief in Paradise that Day?
*Do The Lost Really Suffer Torment Forever? A Study of the Greek words “for ever” and “everlasting/eternal.”
*Notes on Anti-Eternal Torment, Pro-Annihilationism “Proof Texts”
*A Declaration of My Own Position on the Inspiration and Preservation of Holy Scripture
*Is the Modern Critical Text of the New Testament Inerrant, like the Textus Receptus is Inerrant? With A Consideration of the Question of Which Edition of the Textus Receptus is Perfect
*Repentance Defended Against Antinomian Heresy: A Brief Defense of the Indubitable Biblical Fact and Historic Baptist Doctrine that Repentance is a Change of Mind that Always Results in a Change of Action
*Psalm 51:11 and Eternal Security
*Ezekiel 18 and Eternal Security
*The Book of Life and Eternal Security
*A Brief Statement on what the Bible Teaches on the Five Points of Calvinism (TULIP)
*A Brief Proof of the Invalidity of all non-Baptist Baptism
*Acts 20:7 and worship on the Lord’s Day
*1 Corinthians 16:2 and Church on the Lord’s Day
*Colossians 2:16-17 and the Sabbath
*Hebrews 4 and the Sabbath
*Why Sing the Psalms?
*Questions for Members of Reformed Denominations
*Notes on the Bible and Politics: An Exposition of 1 Samuel 8
*A Forgotten Abomination?
*A Chronology of the Books of the New Testament
*Light from the Old Testament on the Blood
*A Thematic Division of the Book of Proverbs
*Do You Know You Have Eternal Life?
*My Journey From Unbelief to the Truth: How I Became a Christian
*Evangelistic Bible Study #1: What Is The Bible?
*Evangelistic Bible Study #2: Who is God?
*Evangelistic Bible Study #3: What Does God Want From Me?
*Evangelistic Bible Study #4: How Can God Save Sinners?
*Evangelistic Bible Study #5: How Do I Receive The Gospel?
*Evangelistic Bible Study #6: The Christian: Security in Christ and Assurance of Salvation
*Evangelistic Bible Study #7: The Church of Jesus Christ
*The Book of Daniel: Proof that the Bible is the Word of God
*Prepare for Judgment
*The Passion of the Christ
*Bible Truths For Catholic Friends
*Bible Truths for Lutheran Friends
*The Truth of Salvation for Presbyterian and Reformed Friends
*A Letter to a Jewish Friend
*The Testimony of the Quran to the Bible
*Are You Worshipping Jehovah?
*Truth for Gay Friends
*Do You Want to Worship God? A Study for Evangelicals
*The Role of Government: Has God Spoken?
*God’s View of Abortion
• OTHER CHARACTERISTICS
Regularly reads the Greek New Testament and Hebrew Old Testament as part of his devotional study; has read through the Greek New Testament, the Hebrew Torah, and the Aramaic portions of Scripture; can translate at sight large portions of the Greek NT and much of the Hebrew OT.
Entered college at fifteen, and in association with collegiate studies was a National Merit Scholar, Martin Naumann Scholar, and Intercollegiate Studies Institute member and award winner. Also was a member of the Center for Talented Youth, associated with Johns Hopkins University, after scoring, in seventh grade, higher than the average high school senior on the S. A. T. Also was a finalist in the Leslie Sander Essay Contest and has published poetry with the National Poetry Competition. Material has also been published in the community editorials of the Wall Street Journal and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Passionate both for purity of Biblical doctrine and for holy living among the saints. In preaching, teaching, and other avenues of ministry, recognizes the tremendous importance of not only filling the mind with truth, but filling the heart with burning and passionate love and zeal for the glory of God, love for the brethren, and love for the souls of the lost. Intellectual knowledge without experiential fellowship with the Triune God through Jesus Christ is in vain.
• SAMPLE PREACHING AND TEACHING
Pastor Rhon Roberts/ Mukwonago Baptist Church/ 1610 Honeywell Road/ Mukwonago, WI 53149/ (262) 363-1731
Pastor Kent Brandenburg/ Bethel Baptist Church and Christian Academy/ 4905 Appian Way/ El Sobrante, CA 94803/ (510) 223-9550
Pastor David Sutton/ Bethel Baptist Church and Christian Academy/ 4905 Appian Way/ El Sobrante, CA 94803/ (510) 223-9550
Dr. John Rinehart/Baptist College of Ministry and Theological Seminary/N69 W12703 Appleton Avenue/Menomonee Falls, WI 53051/ (262) 251-7051
Dr. James A. Qurollo/ Central Baptist Church/ 710 James Lee Rd./ Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547/ (850) 862-0615
A Brief Statement of My Views on Various Issues
Controverted Among Independent Baptists
The purpose of this statement is to clarify, with relative brevity, where I stand on a number of issues that are controversial among modern independent Baptists. I will happily answer any questions, make any clarifications desired, and provide Scriptural support for my positions, upon being questioned personally. On many of these issues, a more detailed exposition of what I believe is the Scriptural position, with my reasons for my conclusion, may be obtained on my website, http://faithsaves.net.
1.) In my Bibliology, I believe that the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words of the Old and New Testament Textus Receptus that underlie the English Authorized Version constitute the perfectly preserved Word of God. I believe that English speaking churches should only use the King James Bible. I do not criticize, but uphold, the KJV as a translation and as God’s Word intact in the English language. I reject all theories of Ruckmanism, advanced revelation in the English language, inspiration of the KJV translators, and the like. I believe that the study of the original languages of the Bible is valuable and profitable. I reject all unbelieving higher criticism and textual criticism of the Bible.
2.) In my Theology proper, Trinitarianism, Christology, and Pneumatology, I hold to the classical view of God and of the Trinity as summarized in historic Christian creedal statements such as the Nicene, Chalcedonian, and Athanasian creeds. God is one in essence, yet in three distinct and eternal Persons, sharing all the Divine attributes, and distinguished ontologically only in that the Son is eternally begotten of the Father, and the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son. Jesus Christ, in His incarnation, united to Himself a true human nature, so that He is now, and forever will be, one Person with two distinct natures, Divine and human. I accept the historic Baptist doctrine of Spirit baptism, recognizing that it was a first century phenomenon synonymous with Christ’s sending of the Spirit as Comforter. The sign gifts ceased in the first century, and the allegedly restored charismatic and Pentecostal “gifts” are not of God.
3.) In my Anthropology, I believe that Adam was the first man, and all men sinned in him and were reckoned sinners by the immediate imputation of his sin and by the mediate receipt of a sinful nature through their parents. Scripture teaches the recent creation of the human race, and evolution must be rejected. The earth was created recently, not millions of years ago, the days of creation were literal, 24-hour periods with no gaps between them, there was no death before the Fall, and the Flood in Noah’s day was universal, not local. I also believe that man is body, soul, and spirit, and soul and spirit are not absolutely synonymous within the spiritual side of human nature, so that I confess a moderate, but not an extreme, trichotomy. Gender roles such as male headship in family, church, and society, are part of the created order, not a societal construct, so women are not to rule over their husbands at home nor lead the church as pastors or deacons.
4.) In my Hamartiology and Soteriology, I believe that a man is justified by repentant faith alone. I reject both Calvinism and Arminianism, believing that man is pervasively and terribly depraved as a result of the Fall and unable to save himself, but God gives prevenient grace to enable unconverted men to respond positively to His grace. Personal election is based upon Divine foreknowledge. The Atonement is penal, substitutionary, and unlimited. Christ’s literal blood-shedding was as necessary as His death for man’s salvation. Irresistible grace is not a Biblical doctrine. God will preserve His saints to the end, so that they are eternally secure. Repentance is turning to God from sin, and always results in a change of life. While believers can backslide, no true believer can ever be eternally lost or live in perpetual sin. All believers are not progressively sanctified to the same extent, nor is sanctification automatic, but it is nonetheless certain, as is glorification.
5.) In my Ecclesiology, I recognize that the church is a local, visible assembly of immersed believers. While all believers will one day assemble together in the New Jerusalem, the idea that all believers on earth are a universal, invisible church is false. The local, visible church is Christ’s body. Israel had the special closeness of the bride/wife relationship to God in the Old Testament, and the church does in the New Testament, while all in the New Jerusalem—the dwelling of all the redeemed of all dispensations—will enjoy that special closeness in the eternal state. Both baptism and the Lord’s Supper are church ordinances. Baptism requires a Scriptural subject, a believer; a Scriptural purpose, to show forth Christ’s death, burial and resurrection; a Scriptural mode, immersion; and a Scriptural authority, a New Testament Baptist church—not a Catholic or Protestant religious organization. The Lord’s Supper is likewise a church ordinance, and it is consequently a memorial celebrated by each of Christ’s churches for their own members. Grape juice, not alcoholic wine, should be used at the Lord’s Supper, as total abstinence from alcohol is to be practiced by Christians. Churches should practice congregational government underneath the leadership of a pastor or pastors, rather than rule by a deacon board or board of ruling and teaching elders. The idea of a head pastor is Scriptural. Churches that currently are called “Baptist” have existed in every century since Christ started His church during His earthly ministry and before Pentecost. While there has been a real succession of Baptist churches from the days of Christ, their Founder, until today, each church is not obligated to trace its own succession link-by-link to prove that it is one of Christ’s true churches. Since the local, visible church is the pillar and ground of the truth for this age, conventions, associations, boards, and all parachurch institutions are unnecessary.
6.) In my Eschatology, I believe in a pretribulational and premillenial Rapture. I believe that prophecy is to be interpreted literally, and therefore accept dispensational distinctions and reject covenant theology. The one-world “church” of Revelation 17 is centered in Rome, and modern Roman Catholicism is a partial fulfillment of the future one-world harlot “church.” Israel and the church are distinct entities. The lake of fire is a place where all the lost will suffer literal and conscious torment in fire and brimstone for all eternity.
7.) Concerning various controverted personal and ecclesiastical practices:
I believe that every Christian should be involved in aggressively seeking to reach every single person in his community with the gospel through practices such as house to house evangelism and literature distribution, while also supporting church planters to reach the rest of the world. People who are saved, baptized, and faithfully serving as members of New Testament Baptist churches should be counted as converts, if one is going to count converts. Those who merely repeat a sinner’s prayer and never give any evidence of a desire to serve the Lord should not be counted as converts. God saves sinners who repent and believe in Christ, rather than all who say the sinner’s prayer or ask Jesus to come into their hearts. Churches should follow the evangelistic methodology of the book of Acts and seek to boldly preach the gospel to everyone, rather than following the evangelistic methodology of the “seeker-sensitive” or “purpose-driven” or “emerging” movements by employing promotion and marketing techniques or worldliness to attract the lost.
I believe that in church and everywhere else Christians should reject all worldly, fleshly, and devilish music and listen only to sacred Christian music or classical music. All jazz, blues, country-western, easy-listening, rock, and rap music is worldly, fleshly, and devilish. The very highest standard of sacred music should be tenaciously held to and all of what is called Contemporary Christian Music rejected. Churches should worship the Lord with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, rather than with songs that contain little Scriptural content.
I believe that Scripture teaches both modesty and gender distinction. Clothing that does not cover at least to the knee is nakedness. Modesty is more than simply not being naked. In the Bible, clothing normally covers the entire body to the foot, although when necessary men were allowed to gird up their loins. Wearing the clothing that pertains to the other gender is an abomination to God. Pants are men’s apparel, while skirts and dresses are ladies’ apparel. Men should have short hair and women should have long hair. While the heart is more important than the outward appearance, God wants the entire believer, inwardly and outwardly, to be consecrated to Himself.
I believe that God hates all divorce, and that remarriage while one’s spouse is alive is adultery. Pastors and other church leaders should not be divorced or remarried, nor should they be in the ministry if they cannot rule their own house and have ungodly children. Courtship under parental authority rather than dating is the Scriptural pattern for obtaining one’s life’s partner.
I believe that part of a faithful and balanced ministry of preaching and teaching the whole Word of God in the church is pointed and specific warnings about false teachers and false teachings. While providing the flock a steady diet of the exposited Word, the church must at times identify and reprove false teachers by name to protect the saints of God. Every Baptist church should practice a militant separation from the world and zealous and whole-hearted separation unto God, as well as a consistent and clear separation from all unconverted false teachers, disobedient brethren, and ecclesiastical compromise, so that a separatist stance, rather than a neo-evangelical position, is maintained.
 During this entire period secular employment was also engaged in with USA Security Associates and the Securitas Corporation. Further information will happily be provided upon request.
 Many of these works are available at http://sites.google.com/site/thross7. Publications are listed in the general order in which they may be found on the website. Weekly contributions are also made at the “What is Truth?” blog (http://www.kentbrandenburg.blogspot.com/)