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SBC President Voter Guide Which Nominee Best Represents Southern Baptists?

April 2, 2018

Voter Guide Notes

1. Purpose

The purpose of the SBC Today Voter Guide is to provide SBC Messengers with accurate information concerning SBC Presidential Nominees early enough in the election cycle to allow for their study of the relevant issues.

2. Method

Rather than relying upon nominee interviews, which are often helpful, we prefer to offer readers facts and statements which have already become a part of the historical record. The use of verbatim personal quotes spanning a broader period of time allows a more thorough investigation into each nominee’s background.

3. Accuracy

Each entry consists of facts taken directly from published news sources, including the frequent use of verbatim quotes by the nominees. In some cases, to accommodate the space limitations of the Voter Guide table, slight redactions and the occasional borrowing of an antecedent from a previous sentence were required. Such editing never alters the meaning of any Voter Guide entry. 

4. Context

SBC Today believes each Voter Guide entry stands alone as a complete unit of thought. We nevertheless encourage readers to explore the full context of every statement to develop a broader understanding of the issues than the space limitations of a Voter Guide will allow. Because we wish to encourage such further research, each Voter Guide citation below is hyperlinked to the original source.

View of State Conventions and Local Associations

Greear, JD. “Our Church, The SBC, and the Cooperative Program.” JD Greear Ministries. February 8, 2012. jdgreear.com.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018. kenhemphill2018.com.

Cooperative Versus Societal Missions

Greear, JD. “Our Missions Strategy and the SBC.” JD Greear Ministries. June 9, 2008. jdgreear.com.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018. kenhemphill2018.com.

Southern Baptist Identity Approval

Greear, JD. “Your God Is Too Small.” Sermon, Morning Worship Service, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina, February 4, 2018.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018. kenhemphill2018.com.

Transparent Salvation Doctrine Position

Greear, JD. “Don’t Be A Fundamentalist (Calvinist or Otherwise).” JD Greear Ministries. September 11, 2014. jdgreear.com.

Wilson, Jared C. “The Top 125 Influences on the Gospel-Centered Movement.” The Gospel Coalition. January 26, 2018. thegospelcoalition.org.

Hemphill, Ken. Unlimited: God’s Love, Atonement, and Mission. Traveler’s Rest, SC: Auxano Press, 2018.

A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation. Connect 316. May 2012. connect316.net.

Cooperative Kingdom Participation Convictions

Cosper, Mike. “Mike Cosper Interviews JD Greear.” Audio podcast. Sojourn Network. November 9, 2017. sojournnetwork.com.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018. kenhemphill2018.com.

Internal Versus External Cooperation

Greear, JD. “Acts 29 and the SBC.” JD Greear Ministries. February 20, 2009. jdgreear.com.

Greear, JD. “Great Commission Resurgence Task Force.” JD Greear Ministries. August 13, 2009. jdgreear.com.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018. kenhemphill2018.com.

Record of Cooperative Program Support

Roach, David. “JD Greear to be SBC President Nominee Again.” Baptist Press. January 29, 2018. bpnews.net.

Hall, Will. “Ken Hemphill to be SBC President Nominee.” The Message. February 1, 2018. baptistmessage.com. 

Convictions Regarding Beverage Alcohol

Miller, Norm. “Pastor Recaps Reasons for Alcohol Motion.” Baptist Press. November 22, 2010. bpnews.net.

Lumpkins, Peter. “On J.D. Greear’s View of Alcohol: Inadequate, Naive, Relativistic, Unbiblical Balderdash: And That’s Putting It Mildly.” SBC Tomorrow. November 8, 2010. peterlumpkins.typepad.com.

Greear, J.D. “Three Ways We Make It Difficult For People Turning to God.” J.D. Greear Ministries. August 27, 2014. jdgreear.com

Rodgers, Jane. “Q and A with SBC Presidential Candidate Kenneth Hemphill.” Southern Baptist Texan. March 28, 2018. texanonline.net

JD Greear for President of the Southern Baptist Convention: Since When Did We Become Southern Baptist?

March 29, 2018

By Bob Hadley, Pastor
Westside Baptist Church Daytona Beach, FL

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at SBC Issues and is used by permission.

 

Click on the picture below to hear Greear’s comments to his church.

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JD Greear announced to his church that he had been asked to allow his name to be placed in nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention. In his remarks he noted three questions that the church members would have and the third was an eye-opener. He said, “the third question many of you will ask is ‘Since when did we become Southern Baptist?” I get that. That is not something we wear on our sleeve here. There are obviously parts of the Southern Baptist Convention that do not excite us and represent who were are as a church.”

Here is a guy who pastors a multi-campus church that is not even aware that they are part of the Southern Baptist Convention and this is after he had run for the same position two years ago. So in the past two years, the Summit Church that Greear pastors still has no idea they are Southern Baptist. Continue reading

Four Actions for Christians to Take Due to the Division in Our Nation

March 28, 2018

By Dr. Ronnie Floyd
Pastor, Cross Church Northwest, AR
President, National Day of Prayer

Division abounds in almost every segment of America. Sadly, it exists even between Christians and in most churches. For too long, disunity has triumphed in our nation. It is time for this to come to an end.

Our greatest hope lies only in Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and the advancement of this Good News message reaching every corner of America and across this world.

While we call out to God for His Church to be revived by the Spirit and come together in unity and simultaneously pray extraordinarily for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America, I want to ask you to consider these four actions for all Christians right now.

1. Rest in the Lord

Resting in the Lord is not lying down; it is trusting in the Lord. Jesus is still Lord and God is still on the throne. One day, every leader in our nation, from the most unrecognized part of American society to the members of the highest court of our land, will stand in front of the Highest Court of Eternity, God Himself, and give an account to Him. They will not be alone. Each of us will give an account of our lives to God.

A call to action is important, but at times we also need to pause. We need to get before God. Rest in Him. Our God has all things under control.

2. Come Together in Unity

Followers of Christ need each other more than ever before. While certain secondary doctrinal differences will exist, we need to unite around the beliefs that:

  • The Bible is God’s infallible Word; it is Truth without any mixture of error.
  • Jesus is the Son of God and the hope of the world; therefore, salvation is faith alone in Christ alone.
  • We must focus our lives, churches, and futures on taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in America and across the world.

We need to stop fighting over secondary issues and rise up together to become the spiritual light in this darkening America and World.

3. Prepare for the Future

What will the Church become in the future of America? Will we lose our freedom or have it affirmed?

We need to prepare for the future realistically, but also with great hope. Regardless of the present cultural tide that is rising in direct opposition to the ways of God, we are a gospel people committed to Christ alone.

Our future is not in the hands of the United States government; our future is in the Hands of our Sovereign God.

We need to prepare future generations spiritually and vocationally for what God wants them to be and how He wants them to live for Him.

4. Pray Like Never Before for the Next Great Spiritual Awakening

Minute by minute, day by day, a stronger conviction is growing that America must have the next Great Spiritual Awakening in our generation. Without a mighty revival in the Church and an awakening in the land that will result in millions coming to Christ, we are facing days that will become darker and more difficult.

Yet, I am abounding with greater hope than ever before. I believe God wants greatly to awaken the sleeping giant called the Church!

The alarm clock is going off in our nation and this is not the time to push the snooze button. I do not believe the Church will sleep through this season in America.

We need a mighty, nationwide movement of prayer to take place now. Prayer precedes every great movement of God biblically and historically.

Rise together now, stand upon God’s Word unashamedly, forward the message of the gospel exponentially, and pray relentlessly every day for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America.

I choose to believe God.

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