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Jason Sampler
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Burleson Being Voted Out

Wade Burleson has announced that the trustees of the IMB have requested that the convention vote to remove him from the IMB trustee board. As best I can tell, the by-laws of the constitution of the Southern Baptist Convention state that a majority vote is needed to remove him from the board. There is a proviso, stating the possibility that provisions may be made to make it a 'greater than majority vote'. See below:

34. Voting:
A. All propositions, decisions, and choices shall be by a majority vote of the registered messengers present and voting, except where provisions have been made for a greater than majority vote. The vote shall be taken by ballot, by voice, by rising, by show of hands, by common consent, or by some other acceptable method.
B. In order to cast a vote, a messenger must be present at the time the vote is taken. Voting by proxy is not permitted.

What does this have to do with me/you/us? Well, if you are a Southern Baptist, you most likely sat by and watched others be blackballed from our convention in the past. Maybe you felt they deserved it because they were moderates and had no place in our convention. I've felt that way. The tables turn, though, when it is one of your own that is being attacked. Burleson is no moderate. He happens to hold to a philosophy of cooperation instead of a philosophy of exclusion. For that, he is being maligned.

As far as I can tell, Wade has been nothing but gracious in his exposure of bad IMB trustee theology and policies. In return, they accuse him of being a gossip and a slander. I am grateful for a man who sticks by his convictions. Thank you, Wade.

Now, what can you do? First, you can read up on the issues at Wade's
blog or at Marty's blog. Second, you can write/email/call your state trustee(s) and ask for an explanation (see previous post for contact info). As trustees, they are accountable to you (if you are a member of an SBC church). Ask them for biblical justification for their position on baptism and prayer language. Ask them if they believe Wade was ever slanderous or ever treated anyone with malcontent. Third, you can join me in Greensboro, NC in June 13-14 for the annual SB Convention. I am not a fan of politics, especially religious politics. However, I think this will be a defining moment for me. If my convention blindly follows the lead of 10-12 trustees and evicts a godly man for disagreeing with their unbiblical theology, then I will have serious reservations about future affiliation with said convention.

If we as a convention do not see the gravity of this issue, then we have serious blind spots. If we continue to press for this definition of baptism, then we truly must renounce any claim that we are 'people of the book.'

posted by Jason Sampler at 10:28 AM


Blogger D.R. said...

Hey man,

I unfortunately read about this on Prescott's site and it disturbed me that these trustees have gone and done something that will once again bring unneccesarily bad press to the SBC. But after posting a comment on Marty Duran's site and considering it for a moment, I think these trustees didn't really think through their decision very well. I don't think they really grasp the power of the blogosphere and if they do decide to continue with this ridiculous crusade (I say it will be over within a month), then they will be terribly embarrassed in June, something they definatly don't want. Such a defeat will seriously undermine their authority, something that they seem to want despirately.

So I say let's take the fight to the blogosphere for the next month and see if we can end it quickly. Once the IMB trustees see what they are up against, I think they will back down.

1:31 PM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger martyduren said...

You are exactly right. They have no idea what they have just done.

My name was actually mentioned as part of the problem with blogging, though most of them still do not know how to find our blogs! It's almost like an alternate universe.

2:05 AM, January 12, 2006  
Blogger frank said...

It is okay to treat people like dirt if they are moderates, but it isn't okay if they are one of your own? Is it just me or is there something wrong about that idea? Wade Burleson is being treated unfairly now and the accusations are baseless. Isn't it possible that many of those who were treated in a similar manner back in the 80s and 90s were also treated unfairly and the accusations were baseless? Just wondering.

6:30 AM, January 19, 2006  

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