“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Revelation 2:4-5)

SBC Infighting And Declining Numbers

The Christian Post (CP) is reporting that, “Bill Curtis, chairman of trustees for the North American Mission Board, said the disagreements are intensifying as baptisms in Southern Baptist churches are at their lowest level in 12 years and 73 percent of member churches are either not growing or declining.”

As an SBC minister who has been covering numerous reasons why the Southern Baptist Convention Continues Its Rapid Implosion there’s no doubt in my mind why this is occurring. I’ve been screaming as loudly as my little sphere of limited influence is concerned about the inroads of the Reformation reversing contemplative mysticism into the SBC.

A huge part of the problem is with Church Growth Guru Rick Warren Guilty For Endorsing Richard Foster And His Reimagined Gnostic Mysticism helping to lead to the open acceptance of alleged spiritual disciplines, which flowered in the anti-biblical monastic traditions of the apostate Church of Rome, into a supposedly Protestant denomination.

Then in the CP article we read:

“I am heartbroken by what I am seeing,” Curtis wrote in the February/March issue of the Southern Baptist journal. “The ultimate result of this behavior will not be greater denominational purity–it will be missed evangelistic opportunity.”

Emerging With Their Heads Buried In The Sand Of Repainted Liberalism

Can Brother Curtis really be this seriously misguided about what God is trying to tell these “leaders” in the apostatizing SBC who run from conference to conference to listen to emerging apostates and other men muse about what they think the Church should be? All the while the fools within the SBC leadership are openly encouraging The Emergent Takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention by the new cult of reimagined liberal theology.

And as this is occurring men of influence like Dr. Al Mohler continue to say nothing even though I personally have written him concerning Ed Young, Jr. bringing in Word Faith mogul and Oneness Pentecostal heretic Dr. T.D. Jakes into his SBC Fellowship Church (FC)–again–for his Creative Church Conference 2007. And as I pointed out at Christian Research Net Jakes’ also preached via video to a regular Sunday church service at FC as well.

If one makes the time to read the piece you will see in Dr. Frank Page Responds Concerning “Dr. Ed Young To Share The Podium With Dr. T.D. Jakes I’ve done my best to alert SBC leaders that what we are dealing with here is literally a denial by Jakes of Who God is. In fairness I note Dr. Page later wrote me about two weeks ago to inform me that he’s supposedly “making some calls.”

But can’t SBC leaders see the Lord sending them a wake-up call to put aside the love of man and dominion theology rampant in their NAMB, to stop bowing before their idol of autonomy, and to instead come together in defense of the nature of the God they say they serve. Yet in CP Bill Curtis says:

“Cooperating together despite our differences has been an integral part of our Southern Baptist heritage,” Curtis wrote. “Perhaps it is time for a new generation of Southern Baptists to work together for the sake of the Gospel.”

No Brother Curtis; the time is way past due for us Southern Baptists to fall on our faces in broken repentance for ignoring Christ’s mandate to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3, NKJV) in order to pad our church roles with false converts. Know this: What was heresy 1800 years ago is still considered heresy by God today.

And we have absolutely no excuse to hide behind our autonomy because in Southern Baptist Pastor Ed Young, Jr.: Church Leadership Conference Is Not About Theology I tried to show you that even one of our own SBC presidents, Dr. James Merrit, has already admonished us:

Now I want to say this straight and I want to make it plain… I believe in local church autonomy… I don’t want any leader,… any agency,… any institution or any convention giving orders to me or my congregation but hear me and hear me well… the ocean of church autonomy stops at the shore of biblical authority

Local autonomy without biblical authority becomes spiritual anarchy!! My friend, it is the height of spiritual callousness and theological hypocrisy to hide behind the skirt of local church autonomy or the priesthood of the believer while pretending that churches can do anything they want to do and believe anything they want to believe and still be a Baptist church!! (Online source, emphasis mine)

And as I asked in that prior piece so I ask again: In a time such as this I ask you just where are the Southern Baptist soldiers of the Cross…