Breaking News In Greensboro . . . Gluttons Don't Drink Alcohol
Many of you are aware of the resolution that was passed in the
Ironically, they are quick to chide Calvinists when the doctrine of election is brought up but have the liberty to speak freely from the platform about it as they wish. It appears that the only people who have the license to take side streets are those who are behind the wheel of the
As Derek Webb has said in one of his songs, “We are trading sins for others that are easier to hide.” It is convenient to point out the sins of others while ignoring the sins of our own. Imagine Jesus at our Convention hearing Southern Baptists saying, “Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Yet, as Jesus concludes, “Wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
So what are the real issues in the
Furthermore, what about the theological and ecclesiological issues unaddressed? What about unregenerate church membership? Or biblical illiteracy? Or absence of church discipline? Or denominational cronyism and nepotism?
What about the faulty view of decisional regeneration and flawed evangelistic practices which compound the reality that we really don’t understand the nature and power of the gospel? What about the pragmatism wherewith we rationalize borrowing Canaanite practices while neglecting the biblical truth?
Finally, what about religious pluralism’s threat to the exclusivity of the gospel of Jesus Christ and his uniqueness? What about the creeping influence of Open Theism in
Now you tell me, in light of all this, why are we spending our time passing resolutions on alcohol abuse? When was the last time Southern Baptists took seriously the bigger, more eminent biblical, theological, ecclesiological, cultural, and missional issues of our day? My friend, we have become the next episode in life’s reality show called, “Adventures in Missing the Point.”
We are fighting the wrong battles, sounding the trumpet in minor key, and blowing the shofar . . . don’t make me go there.
If anything, this shows the need for our convention to have clear, biblical understanding that unites us through cooperation. We need an understanding that holds each others’ hands in the fight for souls rather than points fingers in board rooms. So as we close out the convention, what will be the lingering thoughts in
I will let you answer that question.