Tuesday, April 24, 2012

And I'll Say This In New Orleans, Too

This is likely to be the shortest post yet.

If I have the chance to address the issue of the "name change controversy", there's one thing I intend to tell the convention. If I have the chance.


IF we adopt the unofficial "tag line" of "Great Commission Baptists", we'll be posing a danger to the Convention itself, and potentially most of the SBC churches.

Look at the statistics. The thing most SBC church members have in common .. probably around 70% of them .. is that they don't go to church. Hence, we are not discipling them. If we claim to be "Great Commission Baptists", we will be liars and hypocrites.

There's also the factor, much less dangerous in my mind, that another year will have gone by and we'll think we've actually accomplished something in furthering the Great Commission (by using that name).

Matthew 24:51 says of a wicked servant that, when the master returns, "He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Now, I don't know where that is, and I'm not saying we're wicked servants, but if we're hypocrites, that just may be what we're ordering up for the SBC

3 Comments:

At 7:52 AM, April 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even with all the bad thing the Baptist churches are doing, the Holy Spirit is transforming the organization from the inside out. Examples being Ron Phillips, Kevin Hamm @ Gardendale First Baptist, and Brother Mike Shaw at Pelham First Baptist. It doesn't matter what the name is, God's gonna do what God's gonna do.

 
At 9:17 AM, April 25, 2012, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Agreed. But I'm not sure what His intentions are. Be we shall certainly see.

We can't control what He does, but we can control what WE do. That's that part I try to deal with.

 
At 1:06 AM, April 27, 2012, Blogger Aussie John said...

Bob,

The disease of "making decisions" concerning the most obscure and often nonsensical matters, and thinking something magnificent has been accomplished, is rife on this side of the Pacific, as well.

 

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