The 2019 SBC annual meeting met on June 11–12. The messengers adopted several resolutions, one of which was a resolution on Critical Race Theory (CR) and Intersectionality (IN). While I appreciate the Resolutions Committee seeking to speak to current issues from a biblical perspective, I think this resolution lacked due consideration. Continue reading →
February 14, 2019
Mr. Steve Riley
The Houston Chronicle
4747 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77027
Dear Mr. Editor:
For 42 years, I have said to each graduating class, “If you have not settled forever the issue of sexual purity, take your diploma tomorrow and leave church ministry altogether.” I feel compelled to respond to the Houston Chronicle article in which I was cited. In the case of Darrell Gilyard, Dr. Keith Eitel (now a dean at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Dr. Danny Akin (now president at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) worked directly with me to uncover and confirm Darrell’s unfaithfulness to Christ. Dr. Keith Eitel has film of the proceedings of Gilyard’s discipline at the Criswell College, and Gilyard was consequently expelled from school. Dr. Akin accompanied me to Gilyard’s church to be certain that he resigned. I called as many places as I knew where he was scheduled to preach and asked them to cancel his invitation. Most did cancel, and he no longer speaks in Southern Baptist churches.
Further, letters exist in my file from the young woman at Southeastern thanking me for the way in which her situation was handled. She now (more than a decade later) claims to have been raped. According to Dr. Akin as quoted in a Baptist Press article, the term “rape” was not found in the report in her official student file, and there are no details of information being given to me or of my involvement in the matter. Dr. Akin did confirm that my vice presidents had handled the matter properly as this was during the transition of my presidency to Southwestern.
Fort Worth Police records show that within seconds of receiving an allegation of rape at Southwestern by a female student wit h her mother present, I called the police. They arrived in less than twenty minutes. The young man – also a student – was immediately dismissed from the school. The young woman was asked by me to file charges against him, and she refused. The Southwestern trustees even confirmed in a public statement, “evidence exists that Dr. Patterson has complied with reporting laws regarding assault and abuse.”
Houston Chronicle reporters have slandered and totally misrepresented me, and in so doing have significantly harmed my ministry. The events they report are tragic. However, there is no reason to punish the innocent with the wicked. I applaud SBC president Dr. J.D. Greear for doing all that he can to bring this abrogation of righteousness and justice to a halt. Anyone abusing a child, a woman, or any weaker person is wrong and marked by deviant behavior. Anyone claiming to be a follower of Christ who acts in such a way or who protects one who preys upon another is both opprobrious and ignoble. Anyone claiming to be a minister of the Gospel who is thus involved is reprehensible and should not continue in the ministry.
The facts are available to anyone who wishes to know the truth. A good investigative reporter should study existing evidence to identify and bring to justice those who are guilty, being careful not to accuse one who has been completely cleared of the charges alleged.
Until He comes,
CC: Mr. Shelby Sharpe, Attorney at Law
Messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention approved a motion June 12 to affirm the Baptist Faith and Message as the SBC’s “…only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs”. The motion was offered by Rick Garner, pastor of Liberty Heights Church in Liberty Township, Ohio, and is, in part, as follows:
“I move this Convention adopts the statement of the Executive Committee … found in the 2007 Book of Reports … which reads: ‘The Baptist Faith and Message is neither a creed nor a complete statement of our faith nor final or infallible. Nevertheless we further acknowledge that it is the only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs approved by the Southern Baptist Convention and as such is sufficient in its current form to guide trustees in their establishment of policies and practices of entities of the Convention.'”
Although this motion passed, 2,137 (57.7 percent) to 1,565 (42.2 percent), I must admit that I am a bit troubled by its wording. Particularly disquieting are the words, “only” and “sufficient”. My uneasiness is due not only to what the words mean grammatically, but also what they may have been intended ((see comments made by Dwight McKissic and Bob Cleveland)) to mean in light of the context of what I think prompted such a motion; and what some may infer from them both today and in the future. Continue reading →
Recently, some of our college students visited Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Some of them will be attending there in the fall, and others are seeking the Lord’s direction with regard to going to seminary.
As a part of their excursion, they attended classes, chapel and joined Mrs. Patterson at Pecan Manor, the president’s home.
This afforded our students the opportunity to become familiar with one of our great seminaries, and it also provided a stimulus to questions and discussions about the Conservative Resurgence.
Dr. Patterson and Judge Paul Pressler led the charge to call the SBC back to fidelity to the Scripture as the Word of God without error. Even as I write, they continue to be vilified by moderates, liberals and everyone who despises the full counsel of the inerrant Scripture.
Sadly, as in the past, there are those who personally avow their belief in the inerrancy of Scripture, all the while using one reason or another for not taking the necessary steps to actualize the restoration and continuance of biblical fidelity throughout our agencies and on the mission field. In fact, they actually attack those who do have the spiritual courage and fortitude to initiate and maintain the necessary changes. Continue reading →
Everyone by now is aware of the child abuse that not only went on in the Catholic Church, but was actually covered up by the leaders of the Catholic Church. That immorality and abuses will happen in the church is inevitable since the church, like any other organization, is filled with people who are sinners.
However, it is tragedy of tragedies that the church would cover-up, ignore or minimize sin and particularly this kind of sin. Now a 20/20 exposé has focused upon Protestants and Southern Baptists in particular. Continue reading →