Newsletter
September 1998

 

Articles By
David R. Currie,
Executive Director

The Changing Face of Baptists




The Day I Said "Goodbye"
By: Charles P. McGathy
At last the time had come and I made the telephone call. "I no longer desire to be a chaplain endorsed by the SBC," I told my friend who works at the North American Mission Board.
The Southern Baptist Convention now has six "fundamentalist" seminaries, according to Jerry Falwell the lifelong independent Baptist who recently became a Southern Baptist, used the term as a compliment when endorsing the six SBC schools on the front page of the July issue of his National Liberty Journal.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who for the first time is a voting delegate at the Southern Baptist Convention, now says he is a full-fledged Southern Baptist.
Experiencing the leadership of Jerry Falwell may be new to many Southern Baptists, but it is not new to many SBC leaders.
In the Spring of 1837, a group of "Texican Baptists" met near Washington-on-the Brazos to organize a church. Z. N. Morrell, its pastor, wrote of that event:
Loyalty is an important part of Christian character. From what God has done for us in our Lord Jesus Christ, stems an ever growing commitment to His kingdom.
TBC Must Remain Active!
By: Co-Chair Jerold McBride
The poet, Robert Frost wrote, "I have miles to travel and promises to keep." Texas Baptists Committed’s mission is far from done.
Pressler says that he spotted a weakness in the SBC structure which makes such a takeover possible.
In his final address as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Tom Elliff gave thanks to God for ridding the SBC of “parasites” and “barnacles” which slow the “ship of Zion.”

 

A LITTLE HYPOCRITICAL, DON’T YOU THINK?

I find it interesting that the fundamentalists are going to have the
Southern Baptists of Texas constitutional convention in Houston
immediately after the BGCT annual meeting. They want to vote at the BGCT before officially forming their own convention, even though they are forming a new convention regardless of what happens at the BGCT.

This action is the equivalent of a group of people in a local church who announce they are going to form another church and will meet to do so immediately after attending the church business meeting to oppose the pastor and church leader’s latest recommendations.

The decent thing to do, if you are going to form a new church, is not to attend the business meeting of the church you are leaving. If you are going to leave, then leave. If you want to continue to try

 

 



TEXAS BAPTISTS HAVE NEVER BEEN AND ARE NOT NOW PREDOMINATELY FUNDAMENTALIST. WE BELIEVE FUNDAMENTALISM TO BE UNCHRISTIAN, UNBIBLICAL AND UNETHICAL AND FURTHERMORE, WE BELIEVE WE HAVE A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PUBLICLY OPPOSE FUNDAMENTALISM IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY SPREAD THE KINGDOM OF GOD. MOST OF ALL, WE BELIEVE IN JESUS.

(from The Changing Face of Baptists
By: David Currie, Coordinator)

 




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