Dr. Mike Holloway, Pastor
Ouachita Baptist Church, West Monroe, LA
SBC Executive Committee Member
This article was originally published in The Louisiana Message.
ALEXANDRIA (LBM)–Where are we going in the Southern Baptist Convention pertaining to the love of God?
I am hearing and reading about more and more Southern Baptists who say that God does not love the world, with some using theologically hair-splitting statements like “well God doesn’t love everyone the same or with the same kind of love” to argue their point.
I would like to see the Bible verse that tells us that.
More importantly, I really want to know if the Southern Baptist Convention is moving in that direction, one that discourages me from going to my neighbor and telling Him that God loves him and has a wonderful plan for his life.
This is the third biographical sketch of Southern Baptists’ greatest preachers/statesman/leaders. Following the stories/interviews highlighting the ministries of Dr. W.A. Criswell and Dr. R.G. Lee, here is the interview featuring the life and ministry of Dr. Adrian Rogers, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis and three-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316
In Part One I expressed the concern that Southern Baptists have a very lenient policy for admitting new churches into our convention. All one must do is (a) basically affirm our beliefs, (b) state somewhere, even semi-privately, that you will cooperate with us, and (c) donate an undesignated gift—optionally undisclosed—of any amount at all to any Southern Baptist entity. Frankly, this policy leaves us open to abuse by certain outside partners willing to be Southern Baptist enough to receive our benefits but not Southern Baptist enough to shoulder our responsibilities.
I identified four benefits: (a) sizable church plant funding through NAMB, (b) free ministry consultation from denominational resources, (c) voting privileges at our Annual Meetings, and (d) discounts of 50% off seminary tuition. I defined partners as those who were not really Southern Baptists in their heart of hearts, whose loyalties were truly elsewhere, regardless of whether or not they met our official definition. I defined members as the kind of typical Southern Baptist Church where the people happily claim an identity with the SBC, are familiar with our programs, customs and culture, and have been faithfully paying their Cooperative Program donations for decades—often at levels approaching ten percent.