One of the problems in the church community is a stinginess with respect to the Lord’s work in certain areas. Missionaries are expected to live on less than most people, despite Paul’s words, never clearly translated, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour (or, literally, double pay), especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (I Timothy 5:17). Christian lawyers are often told, very indignantly, that they should work for nothing for fellow Christians; the assumption seems to be that Christian laborers are not worthy of their hire (I Timothy 5: 18).
As a result, the growth of the faith is limited, especially in the theological, educational, and art spheres. Few Christians are ready to support such activities.
But there are important exceptions. An especially noteworthy one is Dr. Ellsworth E. Mcintyre and the Grace Community Church of Naples, Florida. In his sphere, Dr. Mcintyre is a major figure, a pioneering educator whose several schools are a delight to visit. He and his family are notable persons, people of the Christian future, exercising outstanding dominion in their fields.
The publication of Systematic Theology, long delayed, was made possible when Dr. Mcintyre learned of the delay and, with the church, provided the generous and considerable help needed to publish so large a study. I am very, very grateful.
This book is therefore dedicated to Dr. Ellsworth E. Mcintyre, his family, and Grace Community Church.
Rousas John Rushdoon