Dear Southern Baptist Family:
Do Southern Baptists still believe that congregational governance is both biblical and God-ordained? If we do, why would we invite to the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference a speaker who has come to the irreversible conclusion that “congregational government is an invention and tool of the enemy of our souls to destroy the church of Jesus Christ”?
I would like to introduce someone to you all. Her name is Palma. Ms. Palma is a charter member of our church here in the Texas panhandle. She is a great 94 years young. She, along with several other ladies, decided that when the church built the new sanctuary, they would make the stained glass. These ladies hand made all the stained glass and did a masterful job. Their legacy is forever etched into the building of our church. When I started as Pastor here I went to visit Ms. Palma. She is a wonderful lady who loves to laugh. She lives in an assisted living facility in Perryton, TX, a good 30 minute drive from Darrouzett.
In an earlier essay entitled The SPRINKLED Baptist Convention, the practice of accepting members into a Southern Baptist Church without requiring immersion baptism was explored. As evidence, I cited the following policy verbatim:
While we practice a baptism by immersion at [Church Name], we do not require the mode of immersion for membership. If a person was sprinkled or immersed (or a possible other mode) after conversion, he or she has met our requirement for membership.
In the comment stream, I was told by one commenter that he had copied this quote and pasted it into his search engine browser. He found that on the very first page of search engine results there were several churches that had embraced this same precise language. It is reasonable to conclude others are using it as well.