On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was going through my normal routine of getting the kids and myself ready for the day. Passing by the T.V., I saw a burning building and thought they were showing some old clips from a building that caught on fire in downtown Ft. Worth. I walked the kids to school and when I got in my truck and turned on the radio I was floored at what I heard. A plane was piloted into one of the World Trade towers. Just a few blocks away from Southwestern I heard another plane was piloted into the other tower. At that point I knew the first one was no mistake. When I walked into the World Missions Center one of my coworkers walked up to me in tears and said it was terrible that one of the buildings had come down. “There were real live people in that building!” is what she exclaimed. I gave her a hug and others came around and we discussed what had just happened. Moments flew by and it was already time for Chapel. At Chapel, we all gathered into small prayer groups and I can remember what my prayer was, “God, please don’t let our anger from what has happened turn to hatred. Help us grow closer to You. Let us truly show more of Your love during this time.”
In 2008, after the convention in Indianapolis, I did a series of posts concerning the new buzz phrase, “Great Commission Resurgence.” Today it is a house hold term among many Southern Baptists and the GCR Task Force (GCRTF) has held some open meetings so that others could ask questions and possibly provide some answers. I thought that after the last town hall meeting in Arkansas, this post would be a benefit in the discussion Southern Baptists are now having. Below is a republication of that article with some minor revisions. I hope to also revisit the subject of ecclesiology in my next article, but until then………
A fact of life that must be affirmed is that because of the depravity of man, the faithfulness of one generation normally diminishes in the subsequent generation. While there are exceptions to this statement, for the most part this has been affirmed by the biblical witness of the Israelites, and in the historical record of the church.
Tim Rogers is taking a break today to get over a sinus infection, so I thought I would come and help my brother by providing two videos to cheer him up. Tim Hawkins is absolutely funny and he provides the fodder for us to enjoy.
Before the outset of this post let me say that this piece is not meant to criticize Acts 29. They have the right to organize the planting of churches as they feel they are led by the Lord. This post is to show the clear irreconcilable difference in ecclesiology between Acts 29 and the Baptist Faith and Message when it comes to church governance. It is also intended to show why a church planter cannot honestly accept support from the North American Mission Board and Acts 29 while affirming both ecclesiastical statements as they both drastically differ. I have no animosity towards Acts 29 and wish them God’s best in wisdom and guidance.
This is part of an article originally published January 1922 in the Southwestern Journal of Theology by Dr. L. R. Scarborough entitled, “Poisoning the Fountains of Truth.” It was republished in the most recent Southwestern Journal of Theology, “Baptists and Unity.” You can find part one here, part two here, and part three here. May a voice of our past speak to us today. Below is part four of a four part series reprinting Dr. Scarborough’s essay:
3. Another way by which the fountains of truth can be poisoned is by a cer-
tain form of inter-denominationalism and unionism. Here lies the great error
in much of the inter-denominationalism and unionism that is broadcast in
the world today. This was the crux of the matter in the heart of Southern
Baptists when they refused to enter into the Inter-Church World Move-
ment, because they believed that it involved a compromise of the truth
that would eventually take the heart out of the fountains of our life in
our churches. When a Baptist preacher seeks to carry his church into the
Inter-Church World Movement, and when he brings into his church an
inter-denominationalism and unionism which violates the ordinances and
the authority of the church, he poisons the fountains of life. This has ap-
peared to me to be one of the weaknesses of some of our brethren in the
North, who are very strong on some of the fundamentals, especially those
in theology, but by their practice of inter-denominationalism commit an
egregious heresy in ecclesiology. A compromise on one phase of the truth
of Jesus Christ will work death in the life of our churches. A spread of this
form of heresy among the churches of our Southern Baptist Convention
would soon bring the same destruction to the witness and power and life
of these churches that it has done in other sections of the world.