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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Same Ole, Same Ole

Yesterday, Dr. Tom Ascol shared that another editor of a SBC state paper (this time the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s Baptist and Reflector), took their editorial privileges to pronounce his woes against Calvinism. Lonnie Wilkey, editor of the Baptist and Reflector, recent wrote an article called “Calvinists have no sense of urgency—Jesus did" in which he reveals a very popular and yet a-historical and unbiblical hit piece on Calvinism. Concerning such gross errors, Ascol comments, “His latest published editorial will leave many Southern Baptists seriously concerned about his ability to understand important theological discussions that are taking place among us.” What is all-the-more revealing about the such articles is not so much the “scurrilous misrepresentations” (as Ascol puts it), thought that is definitely there, but one cannot but begin to wonder how these people can get away saying what they are saying. I mean, come on, he is not blogging here. This is a state paper which is supposed to carry some degree of credibility (at least more than bloggers). Yet what we are finding more and more is that many of our state papers are producing more fictitious pieces than one would want to admit. But why is this happening?

One of my fears of the Conservative Resurgence in the SBC comes from its lack of ability to criticize itself. That is one of the reasons why I spoke out so publicly about the resolution debacle concerning alcohol and other matters in the SBC in the past. Bobby Welch can say what he wants in SBC Life as a “parting” word that is just inexcusable, and over the course of this past year, several instances like this show just why alternative forms of media and communication is necessary. While I have no problem pointing out the errors and bias of the Associated Baptist Press, I also want to hold the same level of criticism to our conservative papers as well. One of the best things our conservative leaders could do, whether they are Calvinist or Arminian, is to speak out when their conservative brothers publicly write things that are not scholarly, biblical, and truthful. It’s fine to hold a strong opinion and share it, but it is fair game when it is provided to the public. When such a piece as Mr. Wilkey’s goes unfettered by the leaders of the Conservative Resurgence, I simply have to question whether we have lost the ability to hold ourselves accountable to the same standards and Scripture that we place on others. The future of our convention lies not in the hands of “yes men” who emphasize appeasement over conviction but those who are not obligated to pay favors or practice selective silence when it most befits their cause. There is a greater cause to be had in our convention than our agendas—that is God’s truth. If we continue with the same ole same ole, we will find that our convention is littered with more kissing Judases than cross-bearing Christians. God forbid that we live to see that day.

2 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

"One of my fears of the Conservative Resurgence in the SBC comes from its lack of ability to criticize itself."

and...

"One of the best things our conservative leaders could do, whether they are Calvinist or Arminian, is to speak out when their conservative brothers publicly write things that are not scholarly, biblical, and truthful. It’s fine to hold a strong opinion and share it, but it is fair game when it is provided to the public. When such a piece as Mr. Wilkey’s goes unfettered by the leaders of the Conservative Resurgence, I simply have to question whether we have lost the ability to hold ourselves accountable to the same standards and Scripture that we place on others."

Excellent insights and analysis. Thanks. The silence of the shepherds is deafening.

9/28/2006 09:32:00 PM

 
Blogger J. Gray said...

Timmy,

Great insight...yet again.

Little did I know when you bought me breakfast at Cracker Barrel late one night that I would grow to have great respect for you. I didn't even know who you were before that night, but now I check your blog daily and have been challenged as well as comforted by many of your posts.Thank you.

Your words here are challenging and much needed.

I hope that the Joshua Covergence pastors/leaders will hear this word of warnign about uncritically accepting everything done by some men, as well as remaining "selectively silent" when they know they should speak. (Example: where were all the calls for truth and inerrancy when the Billy Graham article came out? The silence was deafening.)

9/29/2006 12:55:00 PM

 

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