*This article was originally found posted at the Arkansas Baptist News website and is used by permission.
Let me begin by saying that I fully understand the Constitution of the United States of America upholds and protects the freedom of religion for its citizens. I also understand that this freedom applies to all faiths. I thank God for this country in which I live and the freedoms that I and others have been so blessed to enjoy. I am thankful for the many men and women who have given their lives to defend these freedoms and for those who are currently serving to maintain them. Yes, I know the freedom of religion as granted by our civil government applies to all faiths. But, the issue I was addressing with Dr. Moore was not a civil government issue. Rather, it was a spiritual issue. Continue reading
The membership requirements for a church to remain in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention are so weak that we run the risk of watering down our doctrinal standards in the areas of baptism and congregational polity. Additionally, one wonders if lax membership requirements, combined with generous church planting support systems and theological education tuition subsidies, might be attracting to our fold those who do not truly embrace our Southern Baptist principles and convictions. Can we honestly say that we are making more Southern Baptists when many of these so-called converts are actually BINO’s—or Baptists In Name Only?
***This article was previously posted at the Christian Examiner and is used by permission.
Several Southern Baptist state conventions leaders have accused the denomination’s North American Mission Board (NAMB) of linking financial support from the national entity — funding for church planting and other ministries — to secretive Cooperative Agreements which include a clause that threatens to withhold ministry funds to the states if disclosures about the agreement — or concerns — are shared publicly. Continue reading