More Drama Over the Next SBC President
***Update: *** Dr. Ronnie Floyd has recently blogged about his reception of the nomination. You can go to it by clicking here. Also Tad Thompson shares that he will be interviewing Floyd later this week.
Last week, it was announced that Johnny Hunt is turning down the nomination to be the next
But what we do know is that Johnny Hunt has nominated Ronnie Floyd to replace him as the leading nomination. Hunt drafted a press release sharing his convictions why Floyd should be the next president. While the press release is quite an impressive resume, there are some concerns which I have with Floyd’s nomination.
First and foremost, no matter how large a pastor’s church may be or how many books he has written, or how many degrees he may have, I want to know what kind of gospel he preaches. Regarding Dr. Floyd, I see his presentation of the gospel (i.e. “winners”) disconcerting to put it mildly. You can hear it by going here and clicking on “Become a Winner.” Parenthetical note: "He who loses his life will save it . . ." Maybe it would better to call it "Become a Loser," but then again, it wouldn't sell, would it?
Secondly, in the press release, Hunt writes:
Dr. Floyd called me last Wednesday and informed me that he will humbly accept this nomination due to God speaking to him dramatically through Acts 16:6-10. He never sought it one moment, but was drafted supernaturally to let me nominate him to be our next President. (italics mine)
While I think I understand what Floyd is trying to say, this statement reminds me of what many preachers on TBN are saying. As a matter of fact, part of Floyd’s resume reveals that indeed, Floyd has spoken on TBN (which in and of itself is very telling).
Finally, and apparently most troublesome, is the fire engine baptistry and children’s ministry of First Baptist
As I perused the church’s website, I came across an addition to the children’s ministry called The Kids Theater where it adds the following description:
in First Baptist Church hired a well-known former Disney World designer of children's amusement rides to design two "high tech sets" for elementary age worship areas: Springdale, Arkansas for first-through third-graders, and Planet 45 for fourth- and fifth-graders. The fully animated cartoon town has 26-foot-tall buildings. The rationale behind the $270,000 project is summed up by the church's children's minister: "Putting a talking head in front of kids for an hour doesn't work ….This is a visual generation. We need to use technology to the max." That includes a special baptistry which is built around a fire engine. When a child is baptized, the sirens sound and confetti is fired out of cannons. Toon Town
Wacky World is here getting the building ready right now. When finished we will have a super game room filled with the latest in fun technology and a fun place just to hang out. Thewill feature a new slime machine and a two-story stage with a slide. We are looking forward to major amounts of fun while we learn about God’s love.
An interesting exchange occurred with this Disneyland-approach to the evangelization of children between Mark Dever and Paige Patterson. While the full exchange can be found here, Tom Ascol has shared the part which deals specifically with this practice:
Dever: I heard about one church recently, and I don't know if you know about churches like this or not, in order to encourage baptisms among children the baptistry is shaped like a fire truck and they've got confetti cannons that go off whenever a kid is baptized. Do you know about any of this? Patterson: This is my first time to hear this. This is blasphemous! Dever: Anyway, it's a church in
. It's an evangelical church and they mean to preach the gospel so I want to be real quick to say their intentions are good. That's going to get kids of course, because they want to come forward, get in the fire truck and make the confetti cannons go off. Patterson: I do not view [positively] the huge number of child baptisms that Baptists are now guilty of--Baptists are some of the worst paedo-baptizers there are. America
I wonder if Patterson knew that the church which he was referring to was where Floyd was the pastor that he would still call it blasphemous? Should such “blasphemous” practice be overlooked by the now-nominated president of the
I don’t want to put too much stock in the next president of the
I guess we will have to wait and see what comes of all this. Personally, I respect the various ministries (and especially missionary work) which has been undertaken by