By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div.
Editor in Chief
Editor’s Note: Are you tempted to think that dispensationalists are a dying breed? That this dispensational theology that we love and treasure is destined for the doctrinal dustbin? Well, not if Dr. Ron Bigalke has anything to say about it—or if others are encouraged to follow his example. I am not sure how he has packed all that he has accomplished to date into his young life, but I am glad that he is on our side. It is a joy to call him my friend, and a privilege to list him as a contributing author for Dispensational Publishing House. He is devoted to faithfully advancing the cause of Christ and the tenets of dispensational theology.
Are you looking for someone who is actively promoting dispensational theology at the cutting edge of modern society? Meet Ron Bigalke. He is involved in doing so through every means possible—and he does it with a combination of academic credibility and passionate energy that ought to serve as an inspiration.
Bigalke is an author, editor, missionary, pastor, professor and researcher—and performs each of these tasks at the highest levels.
“First and foremost is Capitol Commission,” said Bigalke, the Georgia state minister for this organization which focuses on reaching those involved in state government with the gospel. “The priority of my ministry is serving the Georgia elected officials.”
“During session, the first few months of the year, it is non-stop,” he said. “I am not there to lobby. We are there solely for the soul of the leader. We distribute 500 printed Bible studies weekly in each of the sessions, in addition to several live Bible studies. That kind of constant pastoral care and counsel is the focus. It is very intense for everybody who is part of the legislative community.”
As part of his ministry, Bigalke travels to all 180 Georgia House districts and 56 state Senate districts on a rotating basis. He also works with the United States congressmen from the state—three of which were formerly part of his Capitol Commission Bible studies.
“So many invest in the elections, but if you make a disciple of Jesus Christ, no matter where they are in life, they are going to continue to be disciples.”
“We are not there to influence the legislation,” Bigalke stated. “We are there for the soul of the leader. We get bad legislation from someone who is not following the principles of Scripture. The church has been so angry for the last several decades that government is not following the principles of Scripture. But how can they do that when they do not know the Author?”
Bigalke said that legislators call him frequently to ask him what God would have them to do—knowing that they can trust him and the ministry that he represents.
“You cannot truly disciple a nation unless you disciple its leaders,” he said. “The majority of the cities that Paul visited in the book of Acts were capital cities. His first convert was Sergius Paulus, a governor. Until that time, he was known as Saul. Most commentators agree that the change of his name was related to his first recorded convert—who was directly in line with what God said he would do (“. . . bear My name before . . . kings”