Baptist Voices From The Past Speak On Unity and Exclusivism

Posted on February 16, 2011


Yes, it has been a while, but I thought I would peak my head out of the study to link you to the Southwestern Journal of Theology edition on Baptist and Unity vol. 51.

In it voices from the early part of the 20th century speak towards our need to separate ourselves over matters of ecclesiology, baptism, and other areas.  It is strange how silent many are today in these matters.  SBC pastor conferences today and in the recent past allow those to preach who practice infant baptism and allow others on stage as instrumentalists who work with men and belong to churches that preach and believe in modalism.  What happen to the days when we were people of conviction who believed that infant baptism was of the devil and that the doctrine of the Trinity was too precious to even suggest having fellowship with a sabellian or one who attends a church that preaches that heresy?  What happen to the days when we stood bold in keeping Benny Hinn books out of our Lifeway stores only to see heretical rags like “The Shack” and other books by modalists like T.D. Jakes being sold.

My silence has been long and this post reflects a long pent up frustration with the convention I support and love.  Are their not enough Baptist pastors, musicians, and singers to fill up a pastor’s conference without going outside our fold?  I say yes.

It is time to be courageous.  It is time to speak up.  If these issues are not corrected, the pastors conference needs to be changed from the “SBC” Pastors Conference to the “SEC” Pastors Conference (Southern Ecumenical Convention) because that is to what it has turned.

I pray that these downloads from the SWJT will speak to our hearts today.  It is funny, these men lead our convention to our greatest growth and held to a Baptist exclusivism.  It seems today we are trying to do the opposite and are experiencing plateaued growth.  Things that make you go hmmmmmmm?