Dr. Weniger in 1958
A Separatist Baptist Bulldog
Dr. Weniger served as president of the Fundamental Baptist
Fellowship from 1964 to 1977. From the time that he relinquished
the presidency until his death in 1982, he served as research
secretary in the mold of Chester Tulga. Under Wenigers influence
and leadership the FBF became a separatist group, and his policies
set the direction of the FBF for many years to come.
Guy Archer Weniger was born on April 2, 1915, the sixth of
seven children born to Rev. and Mrs. Frederick W. Weniger. "Arch"
(or "Archie") obeyed Gods call to the ministry
when he was yet a young man, and he began a life of study and
service. He was educated at Northwestern Bible School in Minneapolis
(class of 1937), Northwestern Evangelical Seminary, and Bethel
Seminary. He also graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota.
Weniger was ordained on March 1, 1942, at First Baptist Church
in Minneapolis, where the great Fundamentalist W. B. Riley was
pastor, and Riley himself preached the ordination sermon. That
same year Weniger accepted a call to the 23rd Avenue Baptist Church
in Oakland, California. The church later changed its name to Foothill
Baptist Church and moved to Castro Valley, a suburb of Oakland.
The church was described as "dead and modernistic" when
he became pastor, but Weniger soon changed the churchs direction
back to belief in the Bible. He would minister there for the next
Wenigers early years as pastor were marked by hundreds
of conversions and baptisms, and he led in starting several new
churches. In recognition of his labors, he was awarded an honorary
doctors degree from Northwestern in 1951, conferred by none
other than Billy Graham, who was then the schools president.
While winning souls Weniger also engaged in defense of the
faith and found common cause with the Conservative Baptist movement.
He was a founding member of the board of the CBA of A and served
three years as first vice president for the western region.
Somehow in his busy schedule Weniger found time to write. In
the early 50s he started a newsletter called The Blu-Print,
which was printed back and front on a single 11 x 14 sheet of
blue paper. It seems to be remembered most for its sometimes caustic
style in exposing the hypocrisy of New Evangelicalism and the
evil of liberalism. More than anything else, this paper seemed
to give Weniger the image of being harsh. Less remembered, however,
are its positive aspects; almost every issue of The Blu-Print
contained a "note promoting some preacher, praising someones
effort, or pushing someones paper or book. . . . It seemed
to please Dr. Weniger to recognize and promote others. . . . His
unselfish love for the brethren was an example to all Fundamentalists."1
Although his hide may have been tough, Wenigers heart remained
Weniger also served as editor of the CBF Information Bulletin
from 1957 through 1962, and his column, "Wenigers Words
of Warning," appeared in the Sword of the Lord and many other
Weniger was related by marriage to CBA of A general director
B. Myron Cedarholm (his sister Helen married Myrons only
brother, Jason). Although they strongly disagreed at times, they
remained close friends. For example, in a series of letters over
two years Cedarholm implored Weniger to be more "positive"
in his writings, saying "people can only be changed positively
and not negatively. . . .The positive approach will
always do more to correct things than the negative approach."2
Weniger, however, stood firm about what he believed his ministry
to be: "I appreciate what you say concerning the Information
Bulletin and its negativism. Myron, every pastor in this movement
has a whole library full of positive material on our shelves,
but we do not have anything which exposes the modernism and the
apostasy of this hour."3 "I am sure you dont want
me to cover up a mess. . . . What you need is another Tulga in
the office to keep you bucked up."4 Later when Cedarholm
found himself embroiled in controversy, Weniger loyally defended
In 1958 Weniger was one of the founders of the San Francisco
Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary (the word "Conservative"
was later dropped from the name), where he served as chairman
of the board of trustees and as a professor of practical theology.
During his lifetime he would serve on the boards of five different
Weniger became president of the CBF in 1964, a critical time
in its history. Apart from the issues of separation and ecumenical
evangelism, the issue of premillennialism caused the final parting
of the CBF from the Conservative Baptist movement. Conservative
Baptist Fundamentalists wanted a mission board that would appoint
only premillennial missionaries, so they started the World Conservative
Baptist Mission. The New Evangelicals would have none of it. They
fought against it, refused to recognize or support it in any way,
and even refused to allow it exhibit space at Conservative Baptist
meetings. (NBC liberals had used the same tactics against Conservatives
20 years earlier.) Over the next few years it became clear that
there was no place for Fundamentalists in the Conservative Baptist