Dear Southern Baptists,
I want to ask a favor of you. Please get off the fence and decide whose side you are on. Our denomination has been flirting with such ideas as the promotion of women preachers, the acceptance of homosexuality, Critical Race Theory (CRT), and Intersectionality. Many SBC leaders prefer to remain silent on these critical issues. When I talk to Southern Baptists, most of them seem unaware of the problems within the denomination because pastors are not talking about it. They know what is going on in the local church, but not much beyond that.
Joshua told the Israelites:
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 KJV
We cannot allow people into the denomination that are teaching unbiblical doctrines. If you support homosexuality and women preachers, you have departed from sound doctrine. We must always ask, “What does the Word of God say?”
When you give to the Cooperative Program, you are supporting some of the false teaching that is being promulgated in our seminaries and in entities like the ERLC. There must be more transparency about where the money is going and for what it is being used. As good stewards, we should not be supporting unbiblical practices.
I won’t outline here everything that has been going on within the SBC, but I will name some of the top concerns of mine: the leftward drift of the ERLC (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission), the association of the SBC with ecumenical groups like The Gospel Coalition, the woke theology of the Kingdom Diversity initiative at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the softening stance on homosexuality by SBC leaders, the push for women to be able to preach within the denomination, and of course Resolution 9, CRT, and Intersectionality.
For the last several years, I have watched the SBC drift in a more liberal, unbiblical direction. The leaders usually deny it or try to say that it’s not that bad. Yet it keeps getting worse. To the SBC leaders, I would say, “Are you asleep? Why are you not listening to our concerns? Why do you side with liberals who hate Christians over the conservatives within your own denomination?”
Something is seriously wrong in the SBC, and I urge all Southern Baptists to wake up and speak up. The time for equivocation is over. Like the Israelites, we need to choose whose side we are on. No more ignoring the problem. No more denial. Let’s deal with the problem. And let us make sure that we are on the Lord’s side.
A concerned Southern Baptist
I agree Wes. I don’t keep up as much, but you are right on. They are straddling the fence at best. Jerry