In one week was the tersely worded news report that two “pastors” at an SBC conference enjoining other pastors to “stop spreading rumors” and “embrace other definitions.”
And then Rick Warren yesterday openly advocated not only “cooperation with Rome” but “returning to Rome”.
Have we lost our minds???
The SBC of 90 years ago would have promptly cast out all three “Pastors”.
two years before I was born, A Roman Catholic ran for President, and the SBC was worried enough that the presidential candidate felt he had to make a public statement about it.
I asked last month, and I ask again… “Why should I cooperate with the unSaved for the sake of the Gospel?”
I know Billy Graham is the beloved of the SBC. But facts are that many people who come forward at his crusades are denied salvation. Mr. Graham is going to have to explain himself to an Almghty God who is going to want to know, “Why, when I awoke the conscience of so many Catholiccs and Jews, did you turn them over to unSaved men who did not explain eternal life to them???”
That’s going to be a very upsetting day for Billy Graham. How many thousands of people will burn forever in an eternal Hell, the very place Mr. Graham whitewashes and tries his best to wish out of existence? Sadly, it’s real. Unsaved people go there.
Hey, you know what??? All those Catholics you sent to Catholics… were told they had to earn their salvation. They were told that “Jesus Christ purchased our redemption and gave it over to the Roman Catholic Church, who dispenses it in the form of Sacraments. We must earn our salvation through works, and any sins that have not been purged in this lifetime will require a period in Purgatory, where they will be purged in flames…. however, a Mass said in the name of the Blessed Virgin will reduce the time spent in there…”
That’s not the Gospel. I don’t know how Graham could possibly believe that to be the Gospel. But he even says that’s what he believes. Graham believes in Baptismal Regeneration as well. If this were a court of law and Graham was being tried for being a Christian, I think he very well might be acquitted.
So, Mr. Rick Warren, I’d like you to defend yourself. Explain what you mean. Explain why we should return to a system that preaches an unBiblical message that CANNOT save, and is under a curse as explained in Galatians 1:8?
The SBC fifty years ago would have given him the left foor of fellowship. And rightly so. We should be demanding an explaination, an examination of his statement of faith, and very possibly look into whether or not we need to start witnessing to Mr. Warren???
Why did two SBC Pastors tell us to “Embrace other definitions”? The bottom line is this: Baptist is Bible, Bible is Baptist. If it’s not Bible, it does not belong in an SBC pulpit. It should not be preached from an SBC pulpit, even at a Pastor’s conference!
I am required by God to preach what the Bible says. God demands it of me. And although most Christians don’t have to go through a detailed explaination of their lives at the believer’s judgment, Pastor’s will. We alone will have to explain why we did or did not do something, or why we taught something. Our rewards are great… but the standards by which we are judged are much greater. It’s probably a lot harder for a Pastor to earn rewards in heaven than the average Christian.
So, I am required to preach the Bible. The Bible takes a very dim view of some things. My response at that conference, if I were to get up and preach after hearing that, would have been to read aloud Romans 1-3, and explain the sinful condition of unrepentant mankind. That would have been my entire message. And it’s a shame I’d have to be doing this to other Pastors.
It’s not about what I think, or my desire to please men. I saw a blog where a good Christian had posted something very liberating when you think about it… “As long as you worry about the opinions of other men, you remain their prisoner.”
The SBC needs to turn from this man-pleasing, worldly approval seeking, bow down to the Pope-ishness foolish behaviour. Because I’m telling you, if we continue to flaunt our rebelliousness before an Almighty, Thrice Holy God, our house will be left desolate. Do you think the World will mourn our destruction? No, they’re going to laugh, and scorn, and wag their beards. “Ah, the SBC!!! Foolish men, why did they deny their God?”
Will we have an answer?