Burleson Being Voted Out
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