The Baptist Faith and Message: “Our only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs” ??

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 →

The Conservative Resurgence: Worth defending then and NOW!

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 →

Sexual Abuse in the Church!

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 →