B21 Notes

First sentence: “Southern Baptists must sacrifice traditions that hinder biblical unity and intentionally seek new ways to approach missions and evangelism.”
Southern Baptists must sacrifice their heritage in order to filter into whatever is pragmatically expedient for the moment. Is that all this is about? Pragmatics? Whatever works for the moment? Constant revolution of the past to make way for the present? 
.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., told moderator Jon Akin that he attributed the denominational decline in baptisms to a “loss of evangelistic intentionality…We have to teach our people what it means to share Christ and do normal life with gospel intentionality.”
One of the most important teachings in the bible is that Christ’s church is a body, composed of various members. Not all are the head or eye or mouth, but some are the hands, the unseen backbone, the dirty feet. This idea that everyone must be intentionally evangelizing is flatly false. God gave some apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists… And some as pipe-fitters, some mothers, some students, some mail-deliverers. It seems the only part of Christ’s body that thinks every other part should be just like it is the mouth.
Platt, stressed that sustaining the current model is “unacceptable” and noted how churches that support their own missionaries financially often increase their giving to the Cooperative Program.

“I want to see thousands more people going from Southern Baptist churches,” Platt said. “In order to do that, we’ve got to be willing to rethink paradigms and structures and models, not in a way that undercuts but in a way that fuels giving, going, spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This is what we exist for.”

It seems to me that the SBC exists to spread the gospel and make converts. The Reformed camps exists to disciple and educate the disciple. The Anglicans exists to acculturate the people.

But the best is yet to come. Of Moore:

Calling the Confederate flag a “living symbol of terror of physical violence against our African-American brothers and sisters in Christ,” Moore said, “If we can’t say that with moral clarity, we have no business standing up and calling a lost world to repentance.”

Isn’t this precisely what the northern baptists told the southern baptists in 1845 that led to the breaking of the convention/mission society and the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention? — That slaveholders were not morally fit, nor members in good standing with their own churches, to qualify to participate in missions. Was not the SBC founded upon the reasoning that outside institutions cannot place requirements on church members that neither the local church nor the scripture has not?


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