June 15, 2010 Leave a comment
You can watch the 2010 SBC Annual convention at this link.
The daily process of becoming more like Christ.
September 25, 2008 1 Comment
There seems to be a general conception that the SBC is weak on theology. I first encountered this claim several years ago from a co-worker. I don’t remember the context of the conversation but one comment he made has stuck with me ever since. He was a Presbyterian and he made the comment that Baptists did not know theology. At the time, it did not concern me because I did not think theology was an important topic. I was very uninformed!
Recently, The White Horse Inn played some question and answers they did with some pastors at a conference. I don’t remember the date of the show or the date of the conference where they did the interviews and I don’t know the denominational affiliation of all the pastors interviewed but I was shocked to hear some of the answers these pastors gave. The interviewers asked the pastors if their congregation would be able to define certain theological doctrines. Most of the pastors said some could and some could not but it seemed that many of them also noted that they don’t use the theological terms and that their congregations might not recognize the term but would know the concept.
With the last couple weeks, I had a member of my Sunday School class ask me what the point was in studying theology. I can relate to the question because I had asked the same question myself only a couple years ago. Her point was that by studying theology we can go to far into legalism and create divisions within the body of Christ. After all, we have the Bible, so why spend the time on theology. I have encountered this same thought in other people as well.
Now, to the point, Is the teaching of theology “weak” in the SBC? In some churches the answer would be yes but in others it would be no. There are many very good Pastors (some well known and others not well known) at SBC churches who strive to teach the truths taught in the Bible. Some use the theological vocabulary and some don’t. Either way, sound preaching leads to sound doctrine or theology. Sound theology is essential to someone growing in Christ.
I think that problem lies more with the individuals in the congregation than with the pastors. The congregation has to spend time on their own exploring what is taught from he pulpit by comparing it to what the Scriptures say. If people faithfully do this, then they can’t avoid studying theology. If they don’t then they will never gain and understanding of what they claim to believe. We must strive as church leaders to motivate our brothers and sisters to dig into the Word on their own. Once they do this, we can overcome the reputation that the SBC is weak on theology.
What do you think? Have you come across the same sentiments?
September 16, 2008 10 Comments
Jeff Noblit of Anchored In Truth has been releasing a series via his podcast with the above title. It is a very good series and I would recommend that you take the time to listen to it. You can find it here.
I have been very excited about the rise of Calvinism in the SBC. I think it is a very good thing that we get back to theology. Whether you agree with Calvinism or not, the cause for Christ is advanced when we return to the study of theology. What do you think?
September 12, 2008 1 Comment
Wow. Here is the full quote:
The great problem with many churches in the Southern Baptist Convention is not that they are not Calvinistic enough, but that it is not Christian enough.
He makes this quote in an article entitled “The Other Resurgence” in the current issue of the Founders Journal. You can read the article here. In the article, Ascol compares the Conservative Resurgence of the 70’s to the Calvinist Resurgence occurring now within the SBC. It is a good article and worth your time to read it.
What do you think? Do you agree with Ascol’s assessment? Why or Why not?
September 12, 2008 Leave a comment
The twentieth-century slide into liberalism rode on the back of a growing indifference to the doctrines of grace, because the doctrines of grace are tied vitally to more biblical doctrines than just perseverance of the saints. The recovery of a fully salubrious evangelical preaching ministry depends largely on the degree to which the doctrines of grace are recovered and become the consciously propagated foundation of all gospel truth.
If a church, therefore, gets a Calvinist preacher, she will get a good thing. Several issues will be settled forever and the church will not have to wonder about the soundness of her preacher on these items of biblical truth and their soul-nurturing power. Calvinists have stood for more than just their distinguishing doctrines, but have held steadfastly to other doctrines that are essential for the health of Baptist churches in our day. Let’s look at a few of these.
This quote comes from an article written by Tom Nettles which was published in the current issue of The Founders Journal. Click here to read the article. The Founders Journal is a publication of Founders Ministries.
Nettles gives several reasons in his articles as to why your next Pastor should be a calvinist. They are:
It seems that Nettles is basing his arguments on theology and worldview. Read the article and tell me what you think.
September 10, 2008 Leave a comment
1. Of the Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction (1); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (2), and truth without any mixture of error for its matter (3); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (4); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (5), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (6).
1. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Sam. 23:2; Acts 1:16; 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31; Psa. 119:11; Rom. 3:1-2
2. 2 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; Acts 11:14; Rom. 1:16; Mark 16:16; John 5:38-39
3. Prov. 30:5-6; John 17:17; Rev. 22:18-19; Rom. 3:4
4. Rom. 2:12; John 12:47-48; 1 Cor. 4:3-4; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47-48
5. Phil. 3:16; Eph. 4:3-6; Phil. 2:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:10; 1 Pet. 4:11
6. 1 John 4:1; Isa. 8:20; 1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:6; Jude 3:5; Eph. 6:17; Psa. 119:59-60; Phil. 1:9-11
June 12, 2008 Leave a comment
5. On Political Engagement
WHEREAS, Christians acting as the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16) have a responsibility to engage their culture, including participating in the political process; and
WHEREAS, Candidates for political office seek the endorsement of Christians for their candidacies; and
WHEREAS, Christians exercising their rights as responsible citizens may choose to endorse candidates for political office as part of the exercise of their engagement of culture; and
WHEREAS, Christians should seek to apply their spiritual and moral values to the political process rather than politicize the church; and
WHEREAS, As responsible Christian citizens we should pray for our elected officials (1 Timothy 2:1-2), submit to just laws (1 Peter 2:13-17), pay taxes (Romans 13:6-7), and serve in various capacities, such as on juries, in the military, in public office, and by voting for our representative leadership; and
WHEREAS, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the North American Mission Board have partnered together to call Southern Baptists to a 40-day prayer emphasis culminating in a 40-hour prayer vigil (40/40 Prayer Vigil) for spiritual revival and national renewal between September 24 and November 2, 2008 (www.ilivevalues.com/prayer); now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10-11, 2008, encourage Christians to take seriously their calling as salt and light; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge Christians to engage the culture through discipleship within the churches and through participation in the democratic public policy and political process in order to help fulfill the kingdom mandate taught in the Bible and expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message “to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love,” while always protecting freedom of conscience; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we plead with all Christians to exercise vigorously their responsibilities to participate in the political process by registering to vote, educating themselves about the issues, and voting according to their biblical beliefs, convictions, and values; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we commend to our churches the iVoteValues initiative created by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, an initiative joined by Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, in order to assist efforts to register church members to vote and educate them on the moral issues being debated in the public arena; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage our churches regularly to teach and preach biblical truth on moral issues and to urge their members to vote according to their beliefs, convictions, and values; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we ask all Christians, and particularly those in leadership positions, to prayerfully seek God’s mind and will and strongly to consider the potential problems of politicizing the church and the pulpit before endorsing candidates; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we call on candidates for political office to endorse the Judeo-Christian beliefs, convictions, and values upon which society should rest; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to pray for personal and national spiritual revival and cultural renewal; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we urge all Southern Baptists to participate in the 40/40 Prayer Vigil for spiritual revival and national renewal sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the North American Mission Board.
June 12, 2008 1 Comment
7. On The California Supreme Court Decision To Allow Same-Sex Marriage
WHEREAS, On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage thus frustrating the will of the people who, on March 7, 2000, voted in favor (61.4%) of Proposition 22 which affirmed, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”; and
WHEREAS, This decision has dire national implications because California law will allow same-sex couples from any state to marry in California, return to their home state, and challenge that state’s traditional marriage laws based on the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The United States Congress has repeatedly refused to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman, thus providing no federal protection from attacks against traditional marriage; and
WHEREAS, Marriage is ordained by God as a permanent union of one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24); and
WHEREAS, Jesus reaffirmed marriage as a sacred, monogamous, and life-long institution joining one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6); and
WHEREAS, Any action giving homosexual unions the legal status of marriage denies the fundamental immorality of homosexual behavior (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11); and
WHEREAS, The people of California have collected over 1.1 million signatures on a petition requiring the state to place a referendum on the ballot in November defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10-11, 2008, wholeheartedly support the people in California who have worked tirelessly to place this referendum on the ballot; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we strongly urge all Southern Baptists in the state of California to be informed about this issue and to exercise their civic and moral duty by working diligently to support and voting to pass this referendum; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage all Christian pastors in California and in every other state to speak strongly, prophetically, and redemptively concerning the sinful nature of homosexuality and the urgent need to protect biblical marriage in accordance with God’s Word; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we call on all Southern Baptists and believers from all denominations everywhere to pray for the people of California as they seek to right this terrible wrong that has been forced upon them by the California Supreme Court’s overturning of the vote of the people and to pray for the people of every state where biblical marriage is under attack; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we reaffirm our historic and consistent support of the biblical definition of marriage as an exclusive union between a man and a woman; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we once again call on the United States Congress to pass, the President to sign, and the states to ratify a constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.
June 12, 2008 1 Comment
8. On Planned Parenthood
WHEREAS, Scripture speaks to the sanctity of human life in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16) and God’s abhorrence of those who murder the innocent (Proverbs 6:16-17; 24:11-12), which apply directly to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider; and
WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood is the offspring of Margaret Sanger, an early advocate of eugenics or the weeding out of “undesirable” people; and
WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood markets its warped view of human intimacy and encourages promiscuity among underage girls through its Teenwire Web site; and
WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood profits from helping underage girls abort their pregnancies without notice to their parents; and
WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood has launched a massive campaign to mobilize voters this year, planning to raise at least $10 million to recruit people to lobby legislators and vote for candidates who support the Planned Parenthood agenda of unlimited abortion, sex outside of marriage, value-free sex education in public schools, and increased taxpayer subsidies for the organization; and
WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood is already aided by huge federal subsidies, with over 300 million of our tax dollars funding the deaths of nearly 300 thousand innocent pre-born babies every year; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10-11, 2008, decry the immoral actions of Planned Parenthood clinics across America; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage the evaluation of candidates for elected office based on their affiliation with Planned Parenthood; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we call on both houses of the United States Congress to defund Planned Parenthood; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we urge President George W. Bush to veto any budget requests that include funding for this merchant of family disintegration and death.