Apostasy at SBTS around 1981

The APOSTASY at

SOUTHERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Louisville, Kentucky


The More Education — The Less They Believe!

I KNOW GOD REALLY EXIST.Diploma Students——————————————-100%
1st Year M.Div.———————————74%
Final Yr. M.Div.————————–65%

I BELIEVE JESUS WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN.

Diploma Students——————————————96%
1st Yr. M.Div.——————————66%
Final Yr. M.Div.————–33%


By E. L. Bynum

(This tract was published in August 1981, and it presents the condition of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at that time.) Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention (hereafter SBC) in Los Angeles, Calif., June 1981, were shocked to learn that Duke McCall, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky had resigned. McCall had been president of this, the oldest Seminary of Southern Baptists, for over 25 years. In that time he had led the Seminary squarely into the camp of liberalism. According to the Southern Baptist Journal, April/May 1981, a man who had been a trustee of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (hereafter SBTS) said, “I’ve heard Duke make statements that he has brought the Seminary into the liberal camp.” The trustee further remarked, “He said he had turned us around — that they are very liberal and that we are now in the mainstream of Christianity, whereas we were not so before.”

A Seminary President’s Drinking Problem News has now surfaced, according to the Sword of the Lord, July 10, 1981, that McCall’s resignation was brought about by a drinking problem. This has also been revealed in a paper circulated by the Southern Baptist Journal. According to these reports, McCall was observed drinking on a recent trip to China. One of the trustees of SBTS wrote a letter to McCall concerning his beer drinking on his trip to China. The trustee sent copies of his letter to SBC President, Bailey Smith, and the Trustee Chairman, Wayne Dehoney. McCall stated that on his recent tour to China he drank only beer and wine (as if that would make a difference since it was not 100 proof). Shortly thereafter, Dr. McCall called a special meeting of the trustees and resigned.

It is sad and inexcusable for a seminary president to drink beer and wine. The devil surely laughed with glee when this happened. However, it is our conviction that McCall’s drinking was a minor sin when compared to his fostering, aiding, helping, and promoting modernism during his quarter of a century at SBTS.

SBTS has brought to its platform some of the leading infidel modernists of the world. They have a long history of hiring professors who deny the fundamental doctrines of the Word of God. This did not begin during McCall’s reign as President but he has certainly done nothing to stop it, but to the contrary he has encouraged and aided the theological termites in their destruction of the foundation and framework of this once great school. Now his evil doctrine and evil practice has led to evil living.

In this tract we propose to prove that Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is (1) turning out graduates who become liberals and Bible deniers while students at SBTS, and (2) they have liberals on the faculty who do not believe the Bible and who are teaching their students not to believe God’s Word.

PROOF THAT SOUTHERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PRODUCES UNBELIEFIn 1976, Noel Wesley Hollyfield, Jr., wrote his thesis for a Master of Divinity degree from SBTS, Louisville, KY. Hollyfield’s thesis was titled: “A Sociological Analysis of the Degrees of ‘Christian Orthodoxy’ Among Selected Students in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.” His thesis was read and approved by the SBTS committee composed of G. Willis Bennet, chairman, E. Glenn Hinson, and Henlee Barnette. Their approval indicates that they believe that the contents were accurate and the conclusions validated.


————————————————Diploma—-1st Year—-Final Yr.—–Grad.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS———Students—-M.Div.——M.Div.——-Students

I know God really exists
& I have no doubt about it.————-100%——–74%———65%———63%

Jesus is the Divine Son of God
and I have no doubts about it.——–100%———87%———63%——–63%

I believe the miracles actually
happened just at the Bible says
they did.—————————————96%———61%———40%——–37%

The Devil Actually Exists:
Completely true.—————————-96%———66%———42%——–37%
Probably true.———————————4%———18%———26%——–15%
Probably not true.—————————-0%———12%———23%——–32%
Definitely not true.—————————-0%———-5%———-9%———15%

There is Life Beyond Death:
Completely true.—————————100%———89%———67%——-53%

Jesus Was Born of A Virgin:
Completely true.—————————–96%———66%——–33%——-32%
Probably true.———————————-4%———17%——–33%——-37%
Probably not true.—————————–0%———14%——–21%——-15%
Definitely not true.—————————–0%———–2%——–12%——15%

Jesus Walked On Water:
Completely true.—————————–96%———59%——–44%——-22%

Do You Believe Jesus Will
Actually Return To Earth
Some Day?
Definitely.————————————100%——–79%———56%——–53%

HOW NECESSARY FOR SALVATION DO YOU BELIEVE THE FOLLOWING TO BE?Belief In Jesus As Saviour:
Absolutely necessary.——————–100%——–85%——–60%——–59%

Holding The Bible To Be
God’s Truth:
Absolutely necessary.———————-73%——–42%——–33%——–21%

TO WHAT DEGREE DO THE FOLLOWING HINDER SALVATION?Being Completely Ignorant Of
Jesus As Might Be The Case
For People Living In Other
Countries:
Definitely—————————————70%——–24%——–26%——–26%

Being Of The Hindu Religion:
Definitely—————————————39%——–29%——–16%——–21%
Probably—————————————17%——–17%——–26%——–16%
Possibly——————————————9%——–36%——–42%——–42%
Not hinder————————————–35%——–19%——–16%——–21%


Hollyfield’s thesis proves that modernism is being taught at SBTS, and that it is having a devastating effect upon the students. The SBJ in a digest of Hollyfield’s thesis correctly said, “The MORE EDUCATION students get at Southern Seminary the LESS THEY BELIEVE.” The thesis of 159 pages contains numerous charts which show beyond any doubt that the more education Southern Baptist students have and the longer they study at SBTS, the more liberal and modernistic they become in doctrine. In this tract we intend to reproduce some of the more relevant information revealed in these charts.

Keep in mind that Hollyfield was a student at SBTS and that his thesis had to be written and approved before he could receive his Master of Divinity degree. His statistics were gained by using a standard 37 question questionnaire that was answered by the students. If his method had been unfair and biased, no doubt the three member faculty committee would have rejected the thesis.

Hollyfield considers the students under 7 different statistical tabulations. For our purpose we shall consider only four of his statistical groups, which will give us an overall picture of the modernism that SBTS is producing. For the convenience of our readers, we shall number these four divisions of students and explain what they are.

Diploma students. Most of these would not be college graduates and therefore ineligible for the seminary degree. These would tend to be more orthodox and fundamental, since they have not had part of their faith destroyed in a Southern Baptist college.

First year M.Div. students. (Master of Divinity). These would be college graduates with perhaps most of them being from Southern Baptist colleges. Final year M.Div. students. These students would have already spent many hours in the SBTS classrooms, plus much research work. Their beliefs would tend to show whether SBTS was building faith, or destroying faith. We should closely watch the difference in the beliefs of first year M.Div. students and final year M.Div. students. Graduate students. (Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy; Th.M., Master of Theology). These would be the most advanced students and the most highly educated of all students.

The above facts and figures provide irrefutable proof that Southern Seminary does not produce faith but destroys it. You would believe that faithful Bible teaching in a seminary should produce greater faith in the Bible and the fundamentals of the faith. The student might come to school with some questions, but as Bible believing professors taught and influenced the students, unbelief would be replaced by faith. At Southern Seminary they come believing the Word of God and leave in unbelief (at least believing less than when they came.)

For instance 100% of the diploma students (the uneducated) believe in the existence of God. Only 74% of the 1st year M.Div. and 65% of the final year M.Div. believe that God really exists. That means that 9% lost their faith in the existence of God in Seminary. Among diploma students 100% believed in Jesus as the Divine son of God. Only 87% of the 1st year M.Div. students believed that, and only 63% of the final year M.Div. students believed it. That means that 24% of the M.Div. students lost their faith in Jesus being the Divine Son of God during their time at Southern Seminary. I would say that this is absolutely appalling to say the least. Also the question needs to be asked, why does SBTS accept students for a M.Div. degree who do not believe in the existence of God or that Jesus is the Divine Son of God?

The above chart shows that 21% of the M.Div. students lost their belief in miracles while in Southern Seminary. By that time only 40% of these even believed in miracles. During their stay at southern seminary 24% of the M.Div. students lost their belief in the existence of the Devil, and only 42% in their final year even believed in the Devil. While in Seminary 22% lost their belief in life beyond death. How sad that 33% of the M.Div. students lost their belief in the Virgin Birth of Christ while they were in SBTS. Only 33% were completely sure that they believed in the Virgin Birth of Christ.

During Seminary 25% of the M.Div. students lost their belief that it was absolutely necessary to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved. During the final year only 60% believed it was necessary. These and many other frightening trends may be gleaned from the condensation of Hollyfield’s findings.

The question that each of the 35,000 churches of the SBC must face is: “Shall we continue to send mission money to help pay the salaries of professors who teach their students that the Bible is not the infallible Word of God, thus destroying their faith?” These students who graduate are going to become pastors, teachers in seminaries or colleges, and thus destroy the faith of those who sit under their ministry.

WHY SOUTHERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PRODUCES UNBELIEFSBTS employs teachers who do not believe the fundamentals of the faith. They question the inspiration of the Bible itself. This we will prove as space permits. Dr. Duke McCall has led the Seminary down the broad road of liberalism. The school was founded by solid Bible believing men, but for many years McCall and his predecessors during the 20th century have led the Seminary into the heartland of the present apostasy. This follows the pattern of Christianity. (1) Good men who believe the Bible establish institutions such as colleges and seminaries. (2) By deceit and even lying, evil men take over these institutions and use their influence to redirect the schools and use them to teach modernistic false doctrine. (3) At the same time godly churches and individuals continue to be hoodwinked into supporting the modernists and their schools. The banner of love is often appealed to by the religious liberals in order to get support from Bible believers.

The European and African cuckoo birds do not build nests. They lay their eggs in the nests of other smaller birds. Naturally the baby cuckoo birds are larger and dominate the nests, many times evicting the other offspring. The birds of the other species feed the baby cuckoo birds and raise them. As the baby cuckoo birds grow up, they go out and repeat the process. Modernistic liberals are the cuckoo birds of the theological world. They simply lay their evil eggs in the nests built by Bible believers and eventually just take over. The liberals do not build, like termites they enter to destroy.

The Modernism Of Southern Seminary TeachersIn 1947 SBTS invited Dr. Nels S. F. Ferre to deliver the “Gay” lectures at the Seminary. Ferre was at that time a professor at Vanderbilt University and had written a number of well-known books that were filled with blasphemy. Dr. David Otis Fuller wrote a tract exposing the rank unbelief of Ferre. We shall give a few quotes from Fuller’s tract. Ferre wrote a book titled: “The Christian Understanding of God.” On page 186 he said, “We have no way of knowing, even, that Jesus was sinless . . . ” On page 191 Ferre said, “Mary, we remember, was found pregnant before her engagement to mild Joseph. Nazareth was hard by a Roman garrison where the soldiers were German mercenaries. Jesus is also reported throughout a continuous part of the history of art, it is claimed, to have been blond . . . Hence Jesus must have been the child of a German soldier!”

In his book, “The sun and the Umbrella,” Ferre said, “Jesus never was nor became God” (p. 112). “The use of the Bible as the final authority for Christian truth is idolatry.” (p. 39). He also said there can be “the Hindu branch of the Church of the living God” (p. 122). “Hinduism is good and wise” (p 117). “What a spiritual people this religion has produced!” (p. 119).

In spite of Ferre’s infidelity, he lectured at SBTS and other Southern Baptist schools. Dr. George A. Buttrick, a National Council of Churches liberal, has also lectured at SBTS and at other Southern Baptist schools. In his book, “The Christian Fact and Modern Doubt,” Buttrick said on page 162, “Literal infallibility of Scripture is a fortress impossible to defend . . . ” He said on page 167, “In retrospect it seems incredible that the theory of literal inspiration could have ever been held.” According to Buttrick on page 170, the inspiration of the books of Obadiah and of Revelation is not better than that of the uninspired apocryphal books. In addition, he was the editor-in-chief of the blasphemous commentaries named, “The Interpreter’s Bible.”

William E. Hull And Other Liberals At SBTSWilliam E. Hull was a teacher for many years at SBTS until he resigned in 1975 to become pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana. Many observers feel that he has the inside track on becoming the next president of SBTS, but a strong move is being made by conservatives in the SBC to keep that from happening.

In 1970 Hull was the Dean of the School of Theology at SBTS. He preached a sermon at the Cresent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, where he and many of the faculty and students of SBTS were members, entitled, “Shall We Call The Bible Infallible?” The sermon was printed in “The Baptist Program” in Dec. 1970. We are indebted to William A. Powell for printing that sermon in his book, “The SBC Issue & Question.” Hull’s sermon is a bold attack against the infallibility of God’s Word, wherein he lists four reasons why we should not call the Bible infallible. Although he tried to shield his attack by using temperate words, nevertheless, it is a brash effort to convince his listeners that the Bible contains errors.

He claims that the Bible is not infallible, since the word “infallible” is not found in the Bible. This is the same tactic employed by Unitarians to try to deny the Trinity, and is not really worthy of consideration. He says that the confessions of faith do not use the word “infallible” with the exception of the Second London Confession of 1677. Even though “infallible” is not in the New Hampshire Confession and the SBC Confession of 1925 and 1963, Hull surely knows that the framers believed it and that their confessions say the same thing in other words, when they said that the Bible has “truth without any mixture of error, for its matter.” If he was not a blatant liberal he would admit it was so. In fact Dr. Hershel Hobbs, the chairman of the 1963 SBC committee that drew up the statement of faith, has said more than once that they meant by the confession that the Bible was infallible. Every liberal tries to pit Moses against Jesus and to accuse those who believe in inerrancy of bibliolatry. Hull said, “Consider for a moment what would happen if the biblical dialectic between infallible God and fallible man were dissolved by a one-sided emphasis on scriptural inerrancy. Religious history is a sad record of how easily this position is distorted into bibliolatry. Some of the scribes in Jesus’ day held such a high view of Scripture that they put Moses above the new word that God was trying to speak through his Son.” What a cheap shot Hull has taken by comparing the scribes of Jesus’ day to those who believe in inerrancy today. Jesus never cast doubt on the inerrancy of any O.T. scripture and Hull knows this to be true.

Hull said that infallibility was not practical and then went on to say, “The cumulative force of the evidence is overwhelming: no it is not wise to call the Bible ‘infallible.'” He also said, “On the other side are those who have just as clearly seen the human character of the Bible. They know that its dates do not always agree, that its doctrines develop, that its grammar is sometimes confused. They cannot give up this recognition of the humanity of its writers, for to do so would require them to fly in the face of established facts and to repudiate the advances of science in recent centuries.” Yet, when Hull resigned in 1975 from the faculty of SBTS, Duke McCall said that he was not fired and that he did not leave because of his lack of faith in the Bible.

Is it any wonder that the final year of the M.Div. students, 35% are not sure that God exists, 37% are not sure that Jesus was the Divine son of God, 60% do not believe the miracles of the Bible really happened as the Bible says, 67% do not believe that it is completely true that Jesus was born of a virgin, and that 56% are not completely sure that Jesus walked on water. Students cannot listen to men like William Hull and retain their faith in God’s Word!!

Dale Moody is a long time tenured teacher at SBTS. According to a Baptist Press news release dated July 25, 1961, the Baptist Pastor’s Conference of Oklahoma County (Oklahoma City is in this county) passed a resolution aimed at weeding out heresy in Southern Baptist Seminaries. Dr. Hershel Hobbs, pastor of First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and long time speaker on the Baptist Hour, was present and voted for the resolution. This resolution singled out Dale Moody as teaching the doctrine of apostasy, or falling from grace, and also criticized him for advocating alien immersion and open communion.

The “Review and Expositor” printed an article by Dale Moody in the summer 1967 issue. Harold Lindsell quotes extensively from that article in the book, “The Bible In The Balance.” Moody said, ” . . . it is possible to interpret Adam and Eve as representative and symbolic human beings rather than the only human beings.” How can Moody possible explain what Paul wrote in Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world . . . “? Lindsell gives page after page in his book describing and quoting the liberal unbiblical statements of the professors of SBTS. The evidence is available for those who wish to see, but many would rather remain blind.

Someone wrote Dr. Duke McCall a letter asking him the following questions, “(1) do you believe that God inspired every Word of the original manuscripts? (2) Do you believe there are any errors in the original manuscripts? (3) Do you believe that Adam and Eve were the first two human beings and that they gave birth to Cain, Abel, Seth, and other sons and daughters?” It would have been an easy matter for any Bible believer to answer the three questions, and any Bible believer would be delighted to do so. But McCall printed the questions in the school paper, “The Tie,” and he did not answer even one of the questions. Instead he asked three sarcastic questions which did not come close to answering.

We reviewed in our tract #A-336, “Is The Bible A Human Book?”, edited by Wayne E. Ward and Joseph F. Green, and published by Broadman Press. It was written by 15 Southern Baptist leaders and a number of them are graduates of SBTS. One chapter was written by Wayne E. Ward, professor of Christian theology at SBTS. On page 78 he denies that the Genesis account of creation is to be taken as literal truth. He denies the literal serpent in the temptation and he insists that there was no literal tree whose fruit was to be avoided. The whole book is an open and avowed attack on the inspiration of the Bible and its inerrancy. It was published in 1970 and was still available at Baptist Book Stores the last time we checked.

Dr. Frank Stagg has taught in several Baptist schools and is a teacher at SBTS. Stagg opposes the substitutionary atonement of Christ and believes in the moral influence theory of the atonement. Stagg speaks of sin in this way, “The Father does not need to punish the Son in order to win the right to forgive . . . Sin in the New Testament is not viewed as an entity which can be offset by a good act; it is a broken relationship which must be restored, a sickness (emph. ours) which must be cured.”

Clyde T. Francisco At Southern SeminaryFrancisco is the author of the “Commentary on Genesis” which is in Vol. 1 of “The Broadman Bible Commentary.” He is also professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. I would make the whole commentary on Genesis as “exhibit A” in an evaluation of Francisco’s belief. It is evident that he does not believe in verbal inspiration and does not take the early chapters of Genesis literally. On p. 119 he says, “The materials used by the writer or writers were largely those received in their traditions, the accounts of their ancestors handed down among their forefathers. These sources belong primarily to two basic tradition groups, a priestly and a popular one.” It is evident that he thinks that Genesis is a collection of stories gathered by different authors and that no inspiration is involved. On page 120 he says, “Creation is viewed as having occurred over an indefinite period of time, and having proceeded from the lower forms to the higher.” At best he is a theistic evolutionist. It is a mystery to me as to why the SBC would make the Sunday School Board withdraw the original commentary on Genesis by G. Henton Davies and substitute the one by Francisco. I have them both, and there is very little difference in the two. They are both modernistic and to the core they go against the truth that Moses wrote Genesis and that it is the verbally inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.

Francisco also wrote a 14 page history of Israel that is included in Vol. 1 of the Broadman Commentary. It is filled with modernistic gobblygook. In Francisco’s “Introducing the Old Testament” published by Broadman we find an abundance of information showing that he is an enemy of Biblical truth. He is modernistic and takes the liberal side on almost every issue.

After reading the information on SBTS professors like Francisco, Hull, Moody, Ward, Stagg, and others, we are amazed that any students come out of SBTS believing in the Virgin Birth, the existence of God, miracles, and other fundamental doctrines. The sin of Duke McCall would have been less severe if he had stayed drunk every night of his ministry, than the sin he has committed in presiding over this modernistic preacher factory know as SBTS.

Will The Conservatives Save The Southern Baptists?We are glad that William A. Powell, Harold Lindsell, Paige Patterson, Adrian Rodgers, and Bailey Smith have spoken out against the liberalism in Southern Baptist Seminaries. We would like to see them prevail over the modernists, but the facts of history show that they will not. It is sad to see that some of these same men give huge amounts of money to the Cooperative Program which supports SBTS and other liberal schools. Dr. W. A. Criswell and First Baptist of Dallas continue to pour huge amounts of money into the Cooperative Program. Bailey Smith has said that he is leading his church to be the leading supporter in Oklahoma of the Cooperative Program. SBTS has received millions of dollars from the Cooperative Program, and they continue to do so.

The only Biblical approach for true believers is to come out of the Southern Baptist Convention. See our tract # D-508, “The Bible Believers And Heretics,” for biblical information for dealing with heretics such as those described above. Also see our tract # C-330 to see what Spurgeon said that Bible believers should do about modernism and unbelief.

In another tract which we want to print soon, we intend to show that this liberalism is not just in Louisville, but that it is in all of their seminaries and colleges and that it is spreading fast. In another tract we intend to show the sinful living and worldliness that prevails at many of the Southern Baptist schools.

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SBTS working with NAMB to plant churches in eastern Canada

June 06, 2008
 By David Roach

For the next three years, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will partner with Baptists in eastern Canada to plant churches in one of North America’s most unreached corners.

Beginning Jan. 1, Southern’s Church Planting Center teamed up with the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists (CCSB) for three years during which time Canadian Baptist leaders will recruit church planters from among seminary students. Participants will plant congregations in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador and a portion of Nunavut.

The Church Planting Center is a partnership between the seminary and the SBC’s North American Mission Board.

“There are three practical components to this partnership,” said J.D. Payne, associate professor of church planting and evangelism and director of the Church Planting Center. “First, each semester for the next three years, a representative of the church planting work in eastern Canada will be on campus recruiting students and speaking in classes.

“Second, through the Great Commission Center, each year Southern will send at least one short-term mission team to serve with church planters in eastern Canada. Third, twice each year, professors from the seminary will be traveling to the region to work in leadership training with Canadian church planters and pastors.”

Gary Smith, CCSB church starting coordinator for Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces, said the spiritual opportunity in eastern Canada and the missions interest at Southern came together to inspire the partnership.

“We saw the great need and the great opportunity together, and so far great fruit has been yielded from the partnership including multiple mission trips and multiple church planting leaders coming to Canada from Southern,” Smith said.

The partnership appears to coincide with the God’s working in eastern Canada, Payne said.

“In addition to hearing of the need for missionaries to preach and plant Gospel-centered churches, I also discovered the Lord is presently doing amazing work in eastern Canada,” he said. “I was told that the CCSB saw more churches planted in eastern Canada in just the past few months than they experienced all of last year.”

The partnership has given Southern the opportunity be a part of several “firsts” in Canadian missions. Through NAMB’s Nehemiah Project two church planters from Southern were recently called to Newfoundland and became the first Southern Baptist missionaries in that province. In addition to other mission trips, Southern will send a team in 2009 to Iqaluit, the capitol of Nunavut, which will be the first organized Southern Baptist missionary work to that area.

Pioneering mission work is necessary in eastern Canada because of the huge number of unchurched people there, Payne said. Quebec contains the five most unchurched cities in North America, and only half a percent of all Quebecois are evangelicals, he said, adding that many small communities throughout the country have no evangelical witness.

As one of the world’s most multi-cultural cities, Toronto has many residents from unreached people groups.

“Whenever you reach the cities of Canada,” Payne said, “you have the potential to reach the world.”

Both Smith and Payne said they anticipate Kingdom-impacting results from the partnership.

“My hope is that this partnership will be used by the Lord to glorify Himself through the multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches throughout eastern Canada and beyond,” Payne said. “Also, I hope that this partnership will develop and strengthen the relationship between the seminary, North American Mission Board and the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists.

Source: Towers Online

President Mohler to be nominated for President

Dr. R. Albert MohlerThe current president of my seminary, SBTS, Dr. Albert Mohler is finally now a candidate for President for the Southern Baptist Convention. This announcement is a heart-warming one, though not a surprise as rumors have been floating around throughout 2007. There is no better time than now for Mohler’s leadership to help take Southern Baptists forward into the 21st century with fervent passion for Gospel proclamation throughout the world.

Here is the press release from Towers (see also the Southern Baptist Texan):

FBC Dallas pastor to nominate Mohler for SBC presidency
January 02, 2008
By Tammi Reed Ledbetter

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. provides “the kind of visionary leader Southern Baptists need to communicate a missional conservatism and biblical clarity to the world,” stated Robert Jeffress, pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in announcing his intention to nominate the 47-year-old Mohler for Southern Baptist Convention president in June.

In a news release provided to the Southern Baptist TEXAN Jan. 2, Jeffress said his decision is the result of prayer and concern for the future of Southern Baptists’ global witness. He said he believes Mohler would “motivate Southern Baptists to unite around cooperation for global missions and evangelism.”

If elected on June 10 when messengers meet in Indianapolis, Mohler would become the sixth seminary president to serve in the top denominational office.

Before moving to the Dallas congregation last August, Jeffress served 15 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, Texas. He hosts the “Pathway to Victory” television program and broadcasts a daily sermon series heard in 13 countries.

“When Southern Seminary seemed to be lost to liberalism and irrelevancy, Dr. Mohler put his life and ministry on the line for the truth of God’s word and the urgency of sharing Christ with a lost world,” Jeffress said. “Since that time, he has led Southern Seminary to be a boot camp for young men and women training to take the gospel to the nations—whatever the cost.”

Mohler’s experience as a spokesman for Southern Baptists in the public square is another reason he should be president of the SBC, Jeffress added, noting the seminary president has been recognized by influential publications such as Time and Christianity Today, with Time calling him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”

“For years, Southern Baptists and other Christians have seen Dr. Mohler stand for biblical revelation on programs such as “Larry King Live,” Jeffress said. “And, each and every time, no matter what the issue, Dr. Mohler has been a strong witness, telling lost people how they can come to know Christ. That kind of truth-telling with gospel compassion is the kind of leadership we need in these tumultuous times,” Jeffress added.

“Southern Baptists will be blessed to have a president in Dr. Mohler who can walk into the Oval Office or into the pulpit of your local Baptist church and say the same thing, ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ with clarity and conviction,” Jeffress said. “Whether the issue is the family and marriage or Islamic terrorism or the religious liberty of Christians to share the gospel freely anywhere in the world, Dr. Mohler represents Southern Baptists well in pointing to Christ and his word,” Jeffress said.

He added that a Mohler presidency also would be critical in emphasizing the necessity of a strong and healthy Cooperative Program, pointing to Mohler’s experience in denominational leadership on the Program and Structure Study Committee that made recommendations for sweeping reorganization of the denomination in 1995 and to his work with fellow SBC entity heads on the denomination’s Great Commission Council.
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Stop Dating the Church

ChurchEver since I arrived in Louisville three weeks ago, I have been in search of a spiritual home and checking out different churches in the Louisville area.

So far, I’ve been to Sojourn Community Church, Clifton Baptist Church, as well as Louisville Chinese Christian Church–all of which are in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention. (I have been a member of an ethnic, Chinese church all my life, hence I don’t feel called to join another one.)

I don’t want to be critical of all these local congregations, and have no intention of evaluating them for the sake of evaluating which is “better”, but I am trying various churches out in search of one in which I can become an active member in.

It came as a surprise to me that all of the churches I’ve been to so far are significantly different in their musical worship styles, even as all are baptist. It’s ranged from very contemporary to very traditional. Teaching and preaching at all churches are on par with what I expected of solid, biblical, Southern Baptist churches, and I am just trying to find a church where I feel the love of the body of Christ and where I can most freely express myself in musical worship. know how much longer this time of transition will take, but I am in no rush, though it would be easier on my heart if it were sooner!

In one sense, one could label me as church “shopping”, or in a better Christ-bride analogy, I could be considered “dating” churches.
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Schedule for Fall 2007-08

Schedule / timetable for my 1st semester @ Southern Seminary:
2007-08fall_timetable

Section Course Name Hours Instructor Meets
42490 THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM 0 Daniel Hatfield (TBA)
40150C PERSONAL SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES 2 Donald Whitney W(11:30 am-1:20 pm)
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Fat Baptists?

KFCThe statistics previously reported by the Baptist Press were erroneous (Southern Baptists are 30 times more likely to be obese than non-Christians and are the most obese of any denomination studied in the United States). They have since edited and corrected the article to be a bit less detailed:

Baptists are more likely than people in other denominations and religious groups to be obese, according to a study released by Purdue University in 2006.

Hmm… must find the report for this study!

See also this Resolution on gluttony that did not make it to the floor for a vote at the 2007 SBC annual meeting.

The Atonement in Focus

The latest (summer) issue of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology has just been published and is focusing on the ever important doctrine of the atonement — the primary doctrine which has been under attack in evangelicalism.

Fellow Canadian Dr. Stephen J. Wellum (professor of Christian Theology), in the opening editorial writes,

“…in the evangelical church today we are in danger of downplaying and even distorting the true meaning and signifi cance of the cross.

A number of examples could be given to demonstrate this last observation, but I want to focus on one disconcerting trend that is increasingly occurring in evangelical theology, namely, an effort to reinterpret the cross in non-substitutionary terms.”

Continue reading Wellum’s article “Articulating, Defending, and Proclaiming Christ our Substitute”.