Am I the only one...
My wife and I are friends with an incredibly sweet retired missionary couple - they're almost like grandparents - and we both highly respect them for their wisdom and witness. We had them at the house for dinner a few nights ago and naturally talk arrived at all the issues facing the International Mission Board and the SBC.
Many missionaries were forced out if they refused to sign the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. Thursday night, they remarked that if you can hire or fire someone over a statement, that's a creed. Luckily they were allowed to retire without having to make that decision - they are very conservative, but also Baptist. The wife once exclaimed "I don't believe in women deacons yet I'm the vice-chair of our church's deacon board!"
For folks who do agree with the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, which drastically decreased the size of the "tent" or "umbrella" that traditionally covered many types of Baptists, apparently that's just not enough. The monster is attacking its own.
Wade Burleson is the current target of the conformists/fundamentalists in the SBC. An article by the Associated Baptist Press outlining the current attack against the IMB trustee says:
I'm not sure how one believes they can bring there ego with them to the foot of the cross.
"What seems to concern you is the idea of working with a fellow IMB trustee who believes the Bible, but has a different interpretation on this issue on which the Baptist Faith and Message remains silent." Ultimately, Burleson said, he doesn't want to focus on "non-essential issues that have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ."
He stated he hoped to work with Curtis in the future, saying "I'm hoping you can find it in your heart to work and cooperate with others who don't see eye-to-eye with you on issues [on] which the Baptist Faith and Message remains silent. I, and others like me, look forward to working with you."