Where are Your Denominational Dollars Going @SBC?

Many don’t know how most Baptist denominations work – questions such as “what is the difference between the Southern Baptists and __________________ Baptists?”
 
One major difference between the SBC and the association that the church I pastor is a part of, is how giving to the cooperative work operates. In the Southern Baptist Convention, the primary pathway to giving to the bigger work is through the state organization. The state takes a chunk of that money received and sends it on to the SBC (national) which then divides it out as the umbrella for their entire denominational machine. The local church has very little say in where their cooperative funds go, other than the two big offering events each year.
 
The Baptist Missionary Association (BMAA), of which FBC Cave Springs is a part of, views the various departments and ministries of the larger work as all basically autonomous – and each is funded separately via direct offerings. We as a church direct offerings specifically to BMAA Missions, or to our BMA Seminary, to our state missions, to our local missions, to our media ministry (Lifeword), to our state college (Central Baptist College), and even to specific missionaries and works in specific locations – as well as a variety of other ministries at the national, state, and local level. If at any time any of those ministries go “off the rails” or acts in a way that doesn’t represent our doctrines or otherwise goes out of line, we simply stop funding them (and also have the opportunity at our annual meetings to approve or dissolve any of them or their leadership, if appropriate). It is a safeguard that has served our organizations well.
 
We see unfolding the dangers of the large cooperative work of the Southern Baptist Convention unfolding daily. The cancer of the “Social Justice” false gospel movement is one that many of us have been warning about for a long time – a warning that is consistently answered with vitriol and hate. Among the various entities supported by the SBC cooperative giving program (with zero control of the local churches) is the ERLC, led by Dr. Russell Moore. He has become rabidly political, endorsed and promoted that members of the denomination and Christians in general vote for abortion-providing, traditional marriage-destroying, Bible-hating candidates. Their false gospel of Social Justice is one that cries that Jesus Love You – and so He doesn’t’ care if you continue in your sin – for His grace is abundant and more. (What happened to Romans 6:1-2?). Russell Moore’s gate is the wide gate to perdition – and along with him, hand-in-hand with other extremely popular “leaders” within the denomination, the charge to wink at sin for the sake of a politically-correct “social gospel” is literally rotting the SBC from the inside-out.
This department within the SBC umbrella, the ERLC (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) has buried itself in sin, and the below linked article shines a light on this horrible darkness.  I implore you – if you attend and/or are a member of a church who gives to the Southern Baptist Convention – that you take this very seriously consider if this is the stand you and your local church take on this matter.  But don’t stop there! Keep digging in to the “values” Dr. Moore and his ERLC now stand for (including women pastors and leadership), and a variety of other issues that the ERLC has taken directly contradictory positions on to the Baptist Faith and Message they are supposedly charged with keeping.
Click on the image below to open the full article. Pray for the Southern Baptist Convention. Pray for eyes to be opened to the rot growing within. And pray for your church that you would refuse to support this heretical dung heap.

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Loving, Christian Parents

A news story crossed my feed this evening, a story that literally broke my heart.  Here is a link:

13-year-old girl who was supported by her Christian parents in living as a transgender boy commits suicide

The title pretty much says it all.  Two parents, who apparently profess to be “Christians” chose to not only allow, but encourage their 13 year-old daughter to live as a boy – to pursue the “transgender dream” of changing her God-given gender. Yet the thrill of becoming the opposite gender from birth, while seeming to be a popular idea today with promise of greater happiness as the “gender one feels”, the statistics prove otherwise.  The suicide rate for so-called “transgenders” is exponentially higher than any other demographic, with the rate among teenagers hitting a staggering 41%+ rate of attempts (meaning 41% admitted in surveys to have at least attempted suicide at least once).

Yet while the heartache over yet another senseless loss of life is predominant, I also am alarmed at the article’s title, and this girl’s parents profession to be “Christian”. And this led me to my soap box for the evening:

How, now, are we defining “Christian parents”? Maybe we should really grasp what being a “Christian” really means – and I’ll start with the base definition: Follower of Christ.

To profess Christ, yet blatantly walk counter to His Word is to live a lie. Yes, we ALL sin and come short of the glory of God. BUT – when one is genuinely a Christian (characterized by not only a verbal profession, but a life changed and a hunger to know our Lord and Savior, and to follow Him closer each and every day – to love Him – and to keep His commands.

As a parent, if your child begins to walk a path of rebellion against God – you don’t hate them. You love them. But loving your child should and cannot ever CONDONE or SUPPORT walking in open rebellion against God. Period. Indeed, to actually ENABLE such behavior is to be guilty of it yourself – and more ugly – is quite the opposite of loving your child.

If you kid were running full-speed towards the busy highway with no signs or desire to stop before running directly into the path of a tractor trailer and certain death, what do you do? Do you encourage him or her to run faster? Or maybe you tell them to enjoy the run? No – of course not, you cry out to them with a warning of the impending devastation. You drop everything and you go running after them to stop them by any means you have at your disposal to prevent them from certain destruction.

Yet why would a parent (professed Christian or not) not only stay quiet, but actually encourage a child to run at full speed into certain death and destruction – and in this case, eternal destruction?

And one last rant before I post this: this is a symptom of “the church” today – not every local church, but the far-too-common version so prevalent today – that preaches and teaches a false gospel, a gospel that does not demand change. A gospel that is so weak as to not even begin to bring about a “new creation” in Christ Jesus. And most certainly doesn’t take intentional, personal, and biblical discipleship seriously.

I pray that this will lead to a much more serious look at the harm being done by encouraging “gender rebellion” as I call it.  And if you attend a church that would be ok with this story and it’s foundation – of not only being accepting of this rebellion, but encouraging of it – then please, flee that “church” and seek one that teaches and preaches the FULL counsel of the Word of God, not one that picks and chooses what is worth following and what is not.  I pray for this family, that this horrible event will shake them to their core in such a way that they turn to the REAL Jesus in their own life – and that God would then use that to wake many up to the truth.

Lest you forget – there are eternal consequences at stake!