Moral Contradictions

Monday, March 27, 2006

Some more mind-blowing statements

I guess if you repeated certain statements over and over, they become true. At least in the Southern Baptist world that seems to be standard policy.

From an article about the North American Mission Board published at titled "Southern Baptists Respond to Critical Report with Remedies", I saw this gem at the bottom:

The Southern Baptists admitted they are not perfect, but saw such an opportunity like this one to come out stronger.

"We do not want to give the impression to anyone that we do not welcome criticism," said Holcomb. "As we worked we realized, 'Hey, this is going to make us better, this is going to make us stronger.'"

The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest free church denomination in the world with 43 million members across the globe, including more than 16 million members in the United States.

Apparently the North American Mission Board is drinking something different than the International Mission Board. The IMB almost kicked off one of the SBC's most loyal trustees, Wade Burleson, in yet another example of the legalistic-no-criticism environment they apparently learned from the Pharisees.

I commend the NAMB for these statements, but I must admit that my jaw dropped when Mr. Holcomb included all Southern Baptists as welcoming criticism.

Another statement that made me guffaw was "largest free church denomination"... how can you have a free church when the SBC leadership has plotted methodical steps for enforcing strict discipline from the top down through it's institutions on down to the local church?

"Free church" and "Southern Baptist Convention" no longer applies.


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