by Norm Miller
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Reacting to a comment I made on the blog, SBCToday.com, the general editor of the Gospel Project Sunday school curriculum, Dr. Ed Stetzer, posted on April 10 the following on a blog funded by the Cooperative Program (which is supported by all Southern Baptists) and is sponsored and operated by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary:
“Recently, I was accused of ‘treason’ in an online comment by an employee of a Cooperative Program-supported college in Georgia. My crime? I’m general editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum that quotes Wesleyans, Anglicans, and Presbyterians. Apparently, in this person’s mind, quoting people from other denominations is sufficient evidence to deem one a traitor (according to Webster, a traitor is ‘one who commits treason’).” Continue reading
Ralph Green is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Bel Air, Md.
His personal blog post below has been edited, with Pastor Green’s permission, for brevity and clarity. Pastor Green may check in on this post occasionally, but he will not be available for continual interchange with commenters due to his pastoral duties.
When I went to seminary, Dr. Paige Patterson, my seminary president, challenged all of us studying for pastoral ministry to always be vigilant against doctrinal error and remain faithful to the Word of God. He knows well the dangers, pitfalls and ramifications of doctrinal error and the high cost of ensuring our denomination would stay true to our Lord Jesus Christ and His inspired, inerrant and infallible Word.
Dr. Patterson assembled a team of professors at SEBTS who faithfully taught myself and many others like me that we must take seriously our responsibilities before the Lord to guard the sacred trust of Scripture and to “contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Continue reading
“The more we read and studied the curriculum, the more convinced we have become that this curriculum is not suitable for use here at Calvary. I am greatly disappointed because there is nothing wrong with healthy dialogue and wrestling with theological issues. But when a curriculum is designed to teach only one side of the issue, it is no longer a healthy debate but indoctrination; and we cannot allow that indoctrination to take place here at Calvary.”