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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Are The Children of The Conservative Resurgence becoming "Moderates"?

With the results of the 2010 SBC Convention in Orlando now in the history books, specifically the passing of the GCRTF recommendations by an overwhelming margin, the election of Frank Page as Executive Committee President, and the election of Bryant Wright as SBC President some have ask if the SBC is becoming more "Moderate".

I can see how some would ask this question, yet in my opinion, the positive changes we are beginning to see in the SBC are not a result of the "Children of the Conservative Resurgence" becoming more moderate or even "Moderates". From my perspective, if anything, the Children of the Conservative Resurgence are becoming more Biblical.


The Conservative Resurgence taught their Children that "The Holy Bible... is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author... without any mixture of error... Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy... and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world... the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried..."


The Children of the Conservative Resurgence believed what their fathers taught them... and as a result have rejected both Liberalism, which denies the clear teaching of Scripture, and Fundamentalism, which adds the opinions of man to the clear teaching of Scripture. So it is that we can expect both the Liberal and the Fundamentalist to view the Children of the Conservative Resurgence as becoming more "Moderate" (and from their point of view they are), but in truth they are becoming more "Biblical".

And this is the most positive thing I see coming out of the preceding of the 2010 SBC Convention in Orlando.

Grace Always,

4 comments:

Gary said...

I think you are exactly right on this. Although maybe Legalism is a better word for what they are rejecting than Fundamentalism, although in recent times the meaning of the word Fundamentalism seems to have changed somewhat.

And I think it's not just Baptists who are changing. I think almost all of the stricter denominations are moving away from Legalism, some faster than others.

Greg Alford said...

Gary,

Perhaps “Legalism” is a better word… as both Liberals and Fundamentals can be “Legalistic”, however over very different doctrines.

Regardless, it is clear that the “Children of the Conservative Resurgence” are far more prone than the previous generations of Southern Baptist to be guided by the Scriptures in both their doctrine and orthopraxy, over and against being guided by the traditions of the Church (be they Liberal or Fundamental).

Grace Always,

Rev. said...

Greg:
Anybody in particular throwing around the "M" label?

Greg Alford said...

Rev,

Here is one of the articles I was reading when I wrote this article...

http://www.ethicsdaily.com/news.php?viewStory=16269