Frequently Asked Questions
By: K. B. Napier
1 Who are we?
2 What is our ministry?
3 How are we financed?
4 What do we believe?
5 Who are you affiliated with?
6 If you are not affiliated to
anyone, who checks you out?
7 I sent an email but you ignored
it! Why was that?
8 I've tried many times to
contact you by 'phone, but without success. Why don't you pick the
9 What qualifies Barry Napier to
do this ministry?
10 Why are you so judgemental
and offensive, especially toward charismaticism, Roman Catholicism and
the Alpha Course?
11 Why do you uphold the 1611 AV
Bible when most of the Christian world uses modern versions?
12 Why do you try to say only
your beliefs are true, and only your views are correct?
13 Why do we show such a lack of
Who are we?
is the current Web site for Bible Theology Ministries (BTM), based
in Swansea, a city in Wales, UK.
BTM began in 1985 with crudely-produced typewritten notes. The founder
is Barry Napier, married with two grown-up sons. Aged 55, Barry works
full time at the moment to support himself. He has been the unpaid
pastor of Manselton Church, Swansea, a gathering held in private homes,
since 1987. Barry is assisted by 4 voluntary co-workers at present and
several others on an ad hoc basis.
is our ministry?
calling is two-fold - to oppose error, especially within the
churches, and to teach true doctrine. Both are aimed at helping to
build the Church of Christ. The ministry is mainly in the realm of
publishing - we publish on the Web site and in hard-copy formats.
We also occasionally speak at Christian seminars and conferences,
but we do not argue or debate. And we can speak at churches, to
outline what we do.
We can also advise pastors and others on matters of belief and
doctrine. We are developing courses suitable for pastors who are
unable to attend a Bible school full-time.
How are we financed?
To date, BTM and its various activities have been mainly financed by the
founder and his co-workers. BTM is non profit-making. The founder is
sometimes sent gifts to help him personally, as he works at the ministry
every moment outside of his ordinary job, and outside of his pastoral
It has been suggested that we ought to seek charitable status but, to
date, we have not gone down this road, partly because our income is so
What do we believe?
read our page on beliefs. If you
have any further questions, just ask. Broadly, we are mostly in
line with reformed theology of the Calvinistic type. However, we
are NOT Calvinists - we just happen to believe in the same five
points that he did.
Who are you affiliated with?
Nobody. At least not officially. This is deliberate, so that we can
remain totally free of human allegiance and not be hampered by any kind
of traditional or other humanly-devised beliefs and practices. However,
we are linked spiritually and humanly, with many individuals and groups
who are of like-mind.
If you are not affiliated to anyone, who checks you out?
All BTM's work is checked and accepted by everyone in Manselton Church
before it is made available publicly. Also, we are accountable to every
single Christian who reads our material. We have made a public promise
to change anything we say, if it can be shown from scripture that we are
wrong. Not only that, but we will say so publicly. This promise is
honest and is not made by any other Christian organisation.
I sent an email but you ignored it! Why was that?
When Barry Napier was a teacher and lecturer, he
noted that whilst every student before him thought he or she was unique
and demanded individual attention, he was a sole mentor, who could not
possibly spread himself everywhere at the same time! Likewise, leading a
worldwide Web site and ministry means he is contacted by many people
every day, not only by eMail but also by letter. This is apart from his
pastoral duties. Each letter or eMail can take up to half a day to
respond to, because many of them require detailed answers. Sometimes,
because of the sheer numbers, Barry misses an email or two!
He does not shirk answers to any person, and is honest in his replies.
However, anonymous emails usually contain false addresses. This can only
mean that either the respondent cannot sustain his argument, or, he has
been obnoxious and only wishes to be offensive, with no desire to be
objective. These emails have no effect on the ministry whatever, as they
are treated with the contempt they deserve. So, if you think what you
say is true, have the courage of your convictions and give us your name
and proper return address.
Remember, too, that Barry works full time at a 'day job' and has to do
all ministry work in his spare time. Hopefully, this position will
change soon, because there are simply not enough hours in the day!
If you not had a response within a week, please
resend your email, stating that you are waiting for a response.
From 30th May 2002 Barry will have another
co-worker, Mike Ford, who will provide part-time Administration assistance and
respond to general eMail enquiries.
tried many times to contact you by 'phone, but without success.
Why don't you pick the 'phone up?
Look at the telephone number again…it is a dedicated fax-only number!
That's why we don't pick it up! In the early days of BTM, Barry gave out
the telephone number, but soon had to stop using it. The reason was that
he had so many calls, he was swamped every day and night! Also, sadly,
Barry sometimes receives death threats. He has also received
bomb-threats. Hence the number is ex-directory.
Folk are most welcome to chat with Barry or with his co-workers, but
every telephone call takes Barry from his main task of preparing
articles, etc. When he is full-time at the ministry, Barry will have
someone to take his calls. Until then, please bear with us!
What qualifies Barry Napier to do this ministry?
Barry was saved by grace in 1965 and has been preaching ever since. For
many years he was a regularly-invited preacher at many churches, of many
denominations. He also sang with his Christian mother. As time went on
he saw that his beliefs were second-hand and did not match scripture.
When he began to preach strictly from scripture, most churches refused
to have him back!
Because of apostasy and poor teaching in the local churches, Barry began
BTM. This was followed, within two years, by his leaving the local
churches to begin a new work, Manselton Church, consisting of over 20
Together, they studied scripture only and accepted scripture only,
casting aside useless tradition and reformed beliefs that were
Barry was used by God to fight the mighty Satanic movement of the
Toronto Blessing and helped over ten thousand Christians at that time,
mainly in the UK but also in other parts of the world.
He has studied with a UK Bible college, researched with God's prompting,
and was at one time Alumni Director for a Bible seminary and editor of
its official newsletter. At that time he also undertook PhD in theology
studies. Before completion he was forced to resign both the position and
the studies, because the head of the college's beliefs did not match
those of scripture. Barry has not since resumed his PhD, but his
researches are on a similar strict level.
But, the qualification Barry prizes the most is the calling of God to
his soul…a calling that is made to whom God wishes to do His work, of
any race and without intellectual barriers.
The humblest servant of God may have no training whatever. What matters
is that he is called by God. That is sufficient and is the only
qualification a 'minister' requires.
Why are you so judgemental and offensive, especially toward
charismaticism, Roman Catholicism and the Alpha Course?
A major part - but not the only part - of our work is to do with
opposing error and heresy. That is what this Web site is all about, so
it ought not be surprising if remarks are critical! We reject the idea
that we are 'judgemental' and 'offensive'. Our criticisms are always
rooted in scripture, not in our own thoughts.
Often, people who charge us with being judgemental and offensive, do so
simply because they disagree with us. This is not true argumentation,
nor is it acceptable. If you disagree with us, then do so from
scripture. Just saying we are 'judgemental' or 'offensive' cuts no ice
with us. Scripture tells us that many who dislike what God says view His
word as a stumbling block. He says that His truth will be offensive to
We oppose charismaticism because it is a cult, even though its adherents
are many and varied. It does not preach the authentic gospel of Jesus
Christ, but is 'another gospel that is no gospel'. Thus, we reject it
out of hand, and oppose it whenever we can. We oppose Romanism because
it, too, is a cult, preaching a false gospel. The same goes for Alpha.
Please note that unlike our contemporaries, we do NOT respect other
religions. We cannot respect those beliefs that act against God and His
word! We respect people because they are people, but we do not respect
any ungodly beliefs they might have.
Why do you uphold the 1611 AV Bible when most of the Christian world
uses modern versions?
We do so because the AV is genuine and is a true translation from sound
sources. All other versions are suspect and are rooted in corrupt
sources. Please note that most versions are NOT translations, but are
merely interpretations, usually uttered by unbelievers or those with a
deviant theology. So, when opposing our trust in the AV, do not refer to
the other versions as 'translations'.
Why do you try to say only your beliefs are true, and only your views
Nowhere in our Web site or in any other literature, do we say such a
thing. Nowhere do we say that we are always right. Nowhere do we say
that only we are correct. Nowhere do we say that only our church is the
true church. Nowhere do we say that we are better than anyone else.
However, we can say this: When we left the usual 'system' of local
churches we did so because we were called by God to come out from their
midst. People who say 'no church is perfect' (a well-known saying
usually said without thought) are really telling us that they are
willing to put up with sin! Our own small church is not 'perfect' in the
sense that we all sin - but this is not an excuse to tolerate sin in any
local church…including our own. Once sin is identified it must be cast
out and repented of. But, sadly, many folk allow sin to proliferate in
their churches. That is why they tell us 'no church is perfect'!
As for us, we read scripture in its own light, allowing it to tell us,
in God's own words, what He wishes us to know. This is very different
from what usually happens in churches, where the pastor teaches his own
'brand' of Christianity, often based on denominational beliefs, or on
tradition. As I told our church at the very beginning - now that we have
come away from error, we can no longer go back to what is less. When we
know the truth, we cannot, in good conscience, return to a lie, or to
what is less than God's best.
Why do we show such a lack of love?
One of the biggest claims made by charismatics and ecumenists is that
love is greater than doctrine. If they don't say it, they imply it. But
such a claim is unscriptural, so we reject it.
Love is important. It is necessary. And it must be shown by Christians.
What we have noted over the years is that all who claim that love is
greater, treat us dismally! It seems that they want 'love' from us in an
ever-flowing form, but they cannot be bothered to show love to us.
Instead, they hate us - me in particular as the one they see as the
arch-demon of a godless cult!!
Thus, all their calls to 'love' are a farce.
Love is a part of doctrine, it is not separate from it. This is what
scripture teaches and this is what our critics reject. The love
merchants within the churches are playing with heresy, for they
downgrade God's word, which is all doctrine, every single jot and tittle
of it, in favour of a man-made 'love' that replaces God's word.
Love in scripture is not a soft or sugary thing. It has compassion, but
in the right place. It does not accept heresy or hatred, and cannot
tolerate differences in belief caused by rejection or misinterpretation
of God's word. God tells us plainly that we must cast aside and shun
anyone who mishandles God's word…which says that false prophets
(including pastors and teachers) are to die!
We at BTM love our neighbour and our brethren, but we will never
tolerate what God hates. Nor will we ever capitulate to those false folk
who constantly call on us to 'love, love, love'. There is no such
command in scripture. It is an human error based on a deficient view of
God, Man and scripture.
But true love, rooted firmly in God's doctrine? We can supply that in
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© May 2002
PO Box 415, SWANSEA SA5 8YH
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