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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Is Alcohol the Real Issue?

Timmy Brister reports in an article titled When I Am Ashamed to be a Southern Baptist

The Missouri’s state paper The Pathway, has reported that members of the Executive Board presented and passed a motion (28-10) during the miscellaneous business session that sets down a “no-partnership with Acts 29″ rule for MBC church plants. Here is the motion:

Effective Jan 1, The Acts 29 Network is an
organization which the MBC Exec Bd. Staff will not be working with, supporting, or endorsing in any manner at anytime.
It was amended with the following statement:

While recognizing the autonomous nature of all areas of MBC life beyond that of the Executive Board Staff, the MBC Executive Board directs the Church Planting Department and other ministry departments to not provide CP dollars toward those affiliated with the Acts 29 Network.

What this means is that dually affiliated churches (Acts 29 and SBC) will not be able to receive church planting funds from the
Missouri Baptist Convention.

Many on the Blogs are asking the question is this action by the Missouri Baptist Convention solely due to the fact that Acts 29 refuses to take a blanket anti-alcohol stand, preferring to let each local church determine for itself what it’s policy will be on alcohol? See Scott Thomas response to the Missouri Baptist Convention here:

I do not for one minuet believe that this issue is over alcohol. Alcohol may be the spark that started this firestorm in MO… but it is no more the main issue than “Inerrancy” was the real issue behind the Conservative Resurgence… and for the record I supported the Conservative Resurgence.

The SBC is just now beginning to reap the fruit of preaching “Inerrancy” to an entire generation; and Many in the “Old Guard” are slowly waking up to the fact that these young reformed pastors (which are the product of Inerrancy) are passionate about the Sovereignty of God, absolutely committed to the Sufficiency of the Scriptures, and Unafraid of the Consequences…

And if these young reformed Pastors are convinced that the Holy Scriptures do not condemn the moderate consumption of alcohol as a sin; then they are not going to be “Cowed” by the SBC Denominational Leadership into supporting a blanket anti-alcohol policy…

That my Friends is the main issue…

Grace Always


That Baptist Ain't Right said...

Has anyone ever considered what we Baptists used for the Lord's Table before 1879 when Dr. Welch invented non-fermenting grape juice? Definition of Fundamentalist is "not enough fun, too much damn, & not an ounce of mental."

G. Alford said...

that baptist ain't right,

That is perhaps the best, and the funniest, definition of a Fundamentalist I have ever heard...

It has been by observation that the Fundamentalist Leadership of the Florida Baptist Convention have never let such things as our Baptist History, Doctrine, or Truth get in their way a whole lot.

A Florida Pastor recently told me that he attempted to quote the Baptist Faith and Message to the “Executive Dictator” of the Florida Baptist Convention, John Sullivan, and was told “I don't care what the Baptist Faith and Message says...” Nice, Florida has an “Executive Dictator” that does not even support the Baptist Faith and Message.

Perhaps I will post more on the actions, or should I say antics, of the “Executive Dictator” of the Florida Baptist Convention at some later date, but for now I am simply to disgusted to write much more about this man.

Grace Always,