"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

Stand Up and Be Counted

I have received over 500 emails from people around the country who have expressed a belief that the new policies of the IMB on "tongues" and "baptism" are a mistake, and, as soon as possible, the IMB should revert back to using their former policies in screening missionary candidates (see The Old IMB Policies Compared to the New IMB Policies.

Many asked in their emails, for good reason, that they not be identified publicly. However, I believe it is important that I be able to give some kind of verifiable indication to my fellow trustees of how many across our convention are opposed to the new policies. In the end, I am not trying to convince my fellow trustees that the new policies are not Biblical (though I firmly believe they are not), but to show them that the Cooperative Program works because conservative Christians "cooperate" with each other, and when an entity, like the IMB, starts excluding people who disagree with the new policies from service, a large number of pastors, large churches, and lay people who support the Cooperative Program will be disenfranchised.

For this reason I am asking that everyone who is a Southern Baptist, has read up on the new policies (on this blog or others on the internet), and wishes to be counted in opposition to the new policies, to please sign this post. If you do not have a blog, simply click "other" at the bottom of the comment section and you may sign your name or initials and publish your comment. I will screen all comments before posting.

I am simply ask two things:

(1). You keep your comment on this post to one sentence or less.
(2). You sign your comment with name (or initials) and your place of Southern Baptist Church membership (city and state). You may list your church name if you wish, but that is not necessary.

As always, our spirits should remain gracious.

The principle is worth fighting for, but the people of God, no matter their position, are always worth loving.

Let's see how many sign this post before our next IMB Trustee meeting on January 9th-11th in Richmond, Virginia.

There are not enough votes yet on the IMB Board to revert back to the old policies on baptism and "tongues." In my opinion it is unwise to attempt to do so at the next IMB meeting in January.

However, this blog, simply indicates to those IMB trustees who are in leadership, that it can not, and it will not, be business as usual in the future. The IMB President and staff deserve the respect due their positions, and should always be allowed to speak their true feelings about policy changes to the trustees as a whole.

In His Grace and With Hope of Future Coooperation Among All Conservatives,


Wade Burleson

165 comments:

Jim Fisher said...

Keep up the good work! Jim Fisher, Bakersfield, California

Barbara Simmons said...

Barbara Simmons, Washington, D.C.

Anonymous said...

Melody Lenox, Liberty Church, Tulsa, OK

Sam White said...

Thanks for your courage and gracious spirit. Sam White. Kansas City, Kansas

Anonymous said...

Paul Burleson Evangelist...Norman Oklahoma...I'm with you and believe the former policies were/are sufficient. Member Grace Fellowship Church Norman Okla. SBC

John Spradlin said...

A trustee worthy of trust. JS, Springfield Missouri.

John Stam said...

Dr. John Stam, Missions Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, Oklahoma

Anonymous said...

Have been with the IMB for 10 years serving in CEE region. Thanks for standing up for what is right.
JPM

GeneMBridges said...

Gene M. Bridges
Winston-Salem, NC

"All who mingle their own inventions with the word of God, or who advance anything that does not belong to it, must be rejected, how honourable soever may be their rank." (John Calvin, Synoptic Gospels 2:284)

Blog: Triablogue

Jim Champion said...

Keep up the good work, I am with you. Fielder Rd Bptist Church, Arlington, TX

Jim said...

Jim Upchurch, Wendell, NC, Central Baptist Church

Bart said...

Bart Box, Pastor, Arley, AL.

DLC said...

I believe the changes are wrong and need to go back to the old way.

Junior said...

Junior Hicks, Charleston, South Carolina. With pleasure.

Darren Casper, Pastor of 13 years @ Heartland Baptist - St. Louis, Mo. said...

As a theological conservative who holds to the inerrancy of Scripture and unwilling to compromise on the fundamentals of the faith, the recent action taken was a step toward separatism which is both is disappointing and grievous.

David Phillips said...

David Phillips, pastor Mission Fellowship in Middletown, Delaware

Steve said...

Steve McCoy, Calvary Baptist Church, Woodstock, IL. Thanks Wade.

Anonymous said...

I stand with you, Wade.
Chuck Andrews, Pastor
Grace Fellowship Church
Norman, OK

Kiki Cherry said...

Doug and Kiki Cherry, Campus Ministers, Pittsburgh, PA.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Schleiff, retired IMB missionary, Park Hill Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, AR.

Dan Heath, Emmanuel Baptist, Enid, Ok. said...

The changes are not needed. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

JLN said...

Johnathan Newman, Troy, Ohio

scott m said...

Scott Morizot, Pflugerville, TX

joe kennedy said...

Joe Kennedy, NOBTS Student, currently in Mobile, Alabama

mark aka pastor guy said...

We are fighting fights that make us look ridiculous to the people we long to come to a saving relationship with Jesus and add nothing to the truth of Scripture...

mark jackson
pastor
NewLife Community Church (SBC)
Easton, CA

-mike- said...

Kepp it up! Mike Noakes, former SBTS student, memeber in Jerome, Idaho.

Sammy said...

Sam Shields, Irvine, California

M. L. said...

ML, Retired Missionary, Ecaudor

Mrs. Ken Close said...

Judy Close, New York, NY. For the cause of Christ.

Canticles said...

S.W., Dallas, TX

Kevin Bussey said...

Keep Fighting the good fight.

Kevin Bussey, Charlotte, NC

nbp said...

nbp, Lexington, KY

Tim Sweatman said...

Tim Sweatman, Pastor, Jackson Grove Baptist Church, Bowling Green, KY.
The previous guidelines were more faithful to biblical teaching on baptism.

Charlie said...

Charlie Pharis, Pastor
Stonecrest Baptist Church
Woodstock, Georgia

Todd said...

Todd Littleton, Snow Hill Baptist Church, Tuttle, Oklahoma

Brad said...

Wade, I stand with you. Brad Hawkins, First Baptist Church, Okeene, Oklahoma

Pastor Kevin said...

Pastor Kevin Choate, Evangelism and Singles, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, Oklahoma

Brian said...

Can I raise 2 hands?

SBC pastor Barry Davis said...

These new policies are not necessary...rescind the changes!

Andrew Heath said...

Wade, I stand with you as well...
Andrew Heath, student pastor, emmanuel, enid

Larry and Tanya Floyd said...

In this world of relativism, how could Southern Baptists even consider a weakening of the quick and powerful Word of God? We oppose ANY such changes to the IMB codes of acceptance.

David Wilson said...

I am in agreement the former policies are correct.

Steve said...

Steven Davis, Fort, Worth Texas

jvpastor said...

Jason Shepherd, Snow Hill Baptist Church, Tuttle OK

James Douglas said...

James Douglas-- Gentian Baptist Church in Columbus, GA

George Schuman said...

Deacon George Schuman, Clinton, Mississippi.

Wade Burleson said...

Wade Burleson, Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, Oklahoma

Hugh said...

Dr. Hugh Lakeman, Atlanta, Georgia, SBC Great blog!

Anonymous said...

Cody Walton, Dallas, TX

Anonymous said...

Jim and Francis Atkisson, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Anonymous said...

Jeremie Wade, a seminary student in Louisville.

My wife and I stand by your comments and believe the IMB to be in the wrong on these issues. God Bless!!

Toby said...

Former NAMB supported pastor in Utah. Toby Taff, Abilene, TX

IMFletch said...

We should return to the old policy. Chad, IMB worker in Turkey.

martyduren said...

Marty and Sonya Duren
New Bethany Baptist Church
Buford, GA

Ryan Abernathy said...

The previous policies were more than enough.
Ryan Abernathy Oklahoma City, OK

BarelyBaptist said...

Micah McCarty, Snow Hill Baptist, Tuttle, OK

Rick Thompson said...

Rick and Teri Thompson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Anonymous said...

I agree with you...thank you for bringing this very serious matter to my attention!
Steve Holt
Lawton, OK

Rev. Alan Hughes said...

I believe the old IMB candidate policies where much more faithful to the scriptures,to Christ, and to his Church! To Christ be the Glory in the Church!

Dino said...

I disagree with the changes in the new IMB policies.

Anonymous said...

I believe the old IMB candidate policies where much more faithful to Christ and his Church! To Christ be the Glory in the Church!
Alan Hughed Pastor Union Grove Baptist Church

Dino said...

I disagree with the changes in the new IMB policies. Tulsa, OK

Eric M Schumacher said...

I do not approve of the changes.
Eric Schumacher, pastor
Bethany Baptist Church
Keokuk, Iowa

DAVID C. PRICE said...

David and Karen Price
Louisville, KY

Anonymous said...

Mary Littleton,
Snow Hill Baptist, Tuttle, OK

Anonymous said...

Agreed, this is a bad policy and is indicative of a deeper problem.

STG, Central Asian region, IMB

Rick said...

Rick & Christie Garrett
Minister of Education/Youth
First Baptist Church
Hazlehurst, GA

Reggie Horne said...

These new policies advance a dangerous trend in lessening the autonomy of the local church and advancing denominational dogma (as opposed to Sola Scriptura). Reggie Horne - Church Planter - Augusta, GA

Jim Shaver said...

Jim Shaver, Pastor
Providence Baptist Church
New Bloomfield, MO

I feel like a target already in the "New SBC"....I'm with you.

Clif Cummings said...

I believe the new policy MUST be made null and void for the sake of the Cooperative Program.

Nicole M said...

Thanks for speaking out against the recent changes...
Nicole Merrell
Norco, California

Joe Thorn said...

Joe Thorn, Grace Baptist Church
Elburn, IL

Blair J. Andress said...

Actions such as these are the reasons I continue to seriously consider leaving the SBC forever (and I am an ordained SBC minister).

Blair J. Andress
Millbrook, AL

Scott Slayton said...

Scott Slayton
Parrish First Baptist Church
Parrish, AL

JD Strong said...

I think Paul would say, "Break out the milk." (1 Cor 3)... JD Strong, Oklahoma City, OK

Micah said...

I'm thankful for the opportunity to stand with you.

Micah Fries
Missouri Valley Baptist Church
St. Joseph, Missouri

Jed Wallace said...

I thank the Lord for your courage, grace and truthfulness. Jed Wallace, 80 year old SBC member, San Antoniio, Texas

Kevin G. Morris said...

Please continue to resist those seeking to add their legalism to the IMB codes of acceptance.
Liberty Church, SBC, Tulsa OK

Jeremy Porter said...

Jeremy P
Lexington, KY

Tad Thompson said...

I believe these policies do not enhance the ground that has been gained over the past 30 years in SBC life.

Tad Thompson
Harvard Avenue Baptist Church
Siloam Springs, AR

fedbeggar said...

I agree with you Wade. Kent McKeaigg Enid OK

Christie said...

Christie Garrett
Hazlehurst, GA

Pastor Jim said...

Grace and Truth an appropriate name! Jim Davis, Pastor, Los Angeles, California

Bowden McElroy said...

Bowden McElroy, Broken Arrow, OK

Paulicus said...

Paul Thompson, Eagle Heights Church, Oklahoma City, OK

Tony H. said...

Tony Hawkins, Riverside Baptist, Colbert, GA

Shawn said...

Shawn Skaggs, Snowhill Baptist Church, Tuttle, OK.

JW said...

Jenny Williams, FS, Del City, Oklahoma

Anonymous said...

Wade,

We didn’t have problems with tongues, now we do – as a former teammate will be prevented from returning to the field as he seeks re-appointment.

Keep up the good work!
Name Withheld (serving with IMB in Central Asia)

Steve said...

The adoption of these new policies is symptomatic of deep and disturbing problems in our convention.

Steve Walker
Pastor
Gateway Community Church
Alhambra, CA

Anonymous said...

R.G. Lyons (OC) and family, field personnel "last frontier", am compelled to be counted with those who want the extra-scriptural candidate policies to be revoked and returned to their previous wording.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Wade. Betty and I agree.
This is a major intrusion on the autonomy of the local church.

RP Thompson
Retired Pastor, Oklahoma City

Stephen Pruett said...

I support your statement, and I pray the trustees will reconsider their action on this matter. Surely, they can find better ways to deal with their concerns than to exclude sorely needed missionaries who are qualified and called by God. Are these matters of doctrinal purity important enough that the trustees would be willing to explain thier actions to those who miss heaven because a missionary was not sent? Stephen Pruett, Bellaire Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA

Paul said...

Paul Littleton
Faith Baptist Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma

The Cooks said...

Darlene Cook, Titusville, Florida

John said...

Retired Missionary JBC, Ecuador, Keep up the wonderful work

RCP said...

Dr. Perry, SS Louisville, Kentucky

Mr. and Mrs Adams said...

Mr. and Mrs Sam Adams, Dallas Texas

Kyle said...

Wonderful blog! K. Johnson, Littleton, Colorado, Riverside Ch.

DH said...

Worthy of all our effort, Pastor Dennis Huckaby, Tennessee

Anonymous said...

I support you in your stand and pray that you are successful in getting this overturned.

Jim A. Schroeder, Emmaus Baptist Church, Moore, Oka.

holly said...

Holly Ferguson, NOBTS and GGBTS alum, Mississippi

Anonymous said...

Dana McAtee
Council Road, Bethany, OK

jason said...

Jason Allen. FBC Warrensburg, MO

Anonymous said...

Glad someone is out there to speak for us.

Mike Walker, Waverly Baptist, Waverly, MO

Anonymous said...

The old policy was far better than the new.

CF

Louisville KY

Anonymous said...

I am a good missionary and LMCO donor, committed to unity in our Baptist churches and to the support of our IMB leadership. Presently, I feel persecuted. I also grieve for the organization that has put Baptist Tradition over the Word of God. I am prayerfully considering giving my LMCO dollars elsewhere.

Jesse said...

Jesse Perry, Richmond Hill, GA

Inman Houston said...

Inman Houston, Atlanta, GA

Anonymous said...

As conservative Southern Baptists who are themselves concerned about the "Baptist identity" of our missionaries, we beleive these new policies will unintentionally superceed the authority of Scripture, and respectfully request that they be rescinded.
Joel and Amy Rainey
Church Planting Missionaries.
Members of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Glenwood, MD

Dr. Keith Langner said...

The changes are not necessary.
Dr. Keith W. Langner
Pastor, Guntersville, Alabama

Jason Lee said...

We are going to lose godly missionaries if the IMB policies stand.

Jason Lee
Louisville, KY, NAMB missionary
former IMB missionary

Anonymous said...

Distrust or disapproval of other denominations must never trump Scripture. This change would send that message. Please, trustees...use wisdom.

Jason Fletcher said...

This new policy goes beyond the BFM2000 and should be rescinded.

Rev. Jason Fletcher
Th.M. student - SEBTS
Wake Forest, NC

RMc said...

Rodney McCarty, 1st Southern Baptist, Morenci, AZ

M G said...

I have carefully read both the old and the new, and I agree that the old guidelines are sufficient.

martha_martha said...

We firmly support you and want to see these changes reversed.

Nathan and Sarah Fullerton, former SBTS student
Immanuel Baptist Church
Louisville, KY

Anonymous said...

thanks for your courage and keep up the good work. trust and obey. tom and vickie hill, fayetteville ar

Jon Pietrowski said...

These new policies will be excluding good men and women, including, incredibly, the IMB president himself. We stand with you.

Jon & Kathy Pietrowski
Immanuel Baptist Church
Louisville, KY

Jon said...

Thanks for using your platform Wade.

Jon West
Former Journeyman, Southern Africa Region
Current student at Fuller Theological Seminary

MarieP said...

Thank you for your boldness and hard work!

Prayerfully,

Marie Peterson
member of Immanuel Baptist Church
Louisville, KY

Mowens said...

With all due respect, I fail to see how these policies are biblical.

Mark Owens
Open Door Baptist Church
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

As an IMB "missy" in CA, I agree that the new policy is wrong in light of Scripture and our need to Cooperate together.

Tricia Wilson said...

Thank you for being a voice for all who do not believe that the recent actions taken are the best.

farouttraveler said...

We must not let this happen!
Shannon Brown
Missions Pastor, TN

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying for you all during this meeting!
ARW Lexington, KY

Jeff Thompson said...

Jeff Thompson
Former IMB Missionary to the Philippines
Currently Pastor of Southwest Baptist Church- Ardmore, OK

The original policy was/is excellent.

Anonymous said...

I agree the new policies are not needed. We're reverting to legalism!
I pray that those of you in the States will NOT sit back and let it continue unchecked!

(Name withheld; serving with imb)

Jon L. Estes said...

For one Baptist to tell another Baptist how they can and cannot pray privately is rejecting the PHOTB. To tell a saved soul that their baptism by immersion is not adequate is playing God.
Lord, save us from ourselves...

Trustees, give us a reason to trust you.

Steve Williams said...

It is a truly wild idea that an immersion baptism done by Chuck Swindoll, John MacArthur or the Apostle Paul [non-SBC] is inadequate in the ideas of the IMB majority.

Pastor, Calvary BC Enid, OK

Ron Mackey said...

Well, it has finally happened! The restrictive nature of Fundamentalism in the SBC has finally attacked it's own. Wade, thank you for bringing this issue to light and may God grant you peace and courage in the stand you have taken.

Preston said...

Brian & Jillian Preston
SS
Louisville, KY

Anonymous said...

I am praying for you and thanks for standing up for missionaries within our organization.

Jeremy Smith said...

I want you to know you're my hero, and every IMB worker I've conversed with is with you.

Jeremiah Bradford said...

Thank you for standing up on this issue.
Jeremiah Bradford,
First Baptist Church,
St. Joseph, MO

Anonymous said...

My family and I are IMB workers serving in Central Asia -I'm in a level 3 security country so I can't list my name. I would if I could. We, on the other side of the water, support you. Thanks for all you are doing. May God bless you and protect you.

Anonymous said...

SM Round Rock, TX

Rodger said...

I am an SBC church pastor, I stand behind you 100% Brother Burleson. Palestine, Arkansas

Anonymous said...

My family and I wholly support Pastor Wade Burleson. He has truly been a source of inspiration in the 7 years that I have personally known him.
Thanks Wade for continuing to fight for what is right for the future of the SBC.

Jim Sissney Jr.
Waukomis OK

Anonymous said...

bill king emmanuel enid keep the faith .my prayers are with you.

Carol P. Berry said...

The trustees are wrong to attempt to dictate how a person can privately pray to the Lord God of Hosts.!
Carol P. Berry
Morganton, North Carolina

Keith Beene, Murfreesboro, Tenn. said...

Keep up the blogging. A lot of us don't understand some of the new policies the IMB has made for our missionaries in the past couple of years. Even though our missionaries face obstacles in the mission field and now at home, they do have people like you who stand up for what is right. Keep up the blogging, sir!

Kimberly Martin said...

Thanks for taking a stand and making this issue known.
Coweta, Oklahoma

Jeff Richard Young said...

1 Corinthians 14:5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues . . .

1 Corinthians 14:39 . . . do not forbid speaking in tongues.

The IMB must rescind its new policy, which directly contravenes the Bible's teaching.

Charles Seelen said...

I believe the old IMB candidate policies where much more faithful to His word, to His Church, and to His mission.

Charles Seelen, IMB missionary to Japan

Anonymous said...

Jeremy Dubish, Immanuel Baptist Church, Louisville, KY.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Wade

Jon and Lu Ann Waller
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Enid,OK

Kelley Vogt, Liberty Church, Tulsa, OK said...

This needs to be faced! Stay strong!

Danny P said...

Lord Jesus, may we be led by you, amen.
East Cooper BC, Charleston, SC

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work.
John Austin, FBC, Tuscaloosa, AL

Anonymous said...

Who is the IMB to dictate how a person prays when the Lord enjoys hearing from us in all languages??? ms huron, ohio

Rev14 said...

I fully support your work for the IMB and the cause of Jesus Christ! Student Minister at 12th Street Baptist, Gadsden, AL

Cheryl P said...

Please continue to take a stand against IMB's unscriptural policy. My husband and I support you in this 100%.
Southern Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma

Carolyn Dees said...

I feel the change is outrageous and Biblically incorrect. I stand will you heartbroken. Carolyn Dees
Mayo, Florida

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking a stand. The new policy is anti-scripture.
K.D.K. Gadsden, AL

Anonymous said...

Your words echo my husband's and my grief when we were told we were not eligible to be IMB missionaries. God Bless, we're praying.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

mel sims said...

Stay the course.

Melonee Sims
Emmanuel Enid

Carole said...

Thank you for opening this forum so ALL of us can discuss these important issues instead of letting a few loud voices control the podium. I stand with you. Carole Eldridge, Second Baptist Church, Springfield, MO

Anonymous said...

On the field, we labor to reach the lost in foreign contexts that demand all of our being. We share this labor with you at home through the direct support of your prayer, finances, and involvement. There at home, you must also be watchmen of the Lord, guiding and warning us all with His Word. Thank you, brother Wade, and all you others joining with him, for keeping watch for us and continuing to support us. May God loose the bonds of weak legalism in which we've ensnared ourselves, and replace it with "the glorious freedom of the children of God" that has been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ! Persevere under His mercy.
Missy in Europe

james said...

Sorry this is so late, but i'm with you too. James Touchton, SBC Collegiate Ministry, Pittsburgh, PA

Anonymous said...

Sorry I didn't know to sign this earlier, but I appreciate you and the stand you are taking.
Florence Young
Williamsburg, KY

Anonymous said...

Thank you for diligently keeping the aim of Paul's charge....love from a pure heart and a clean conscience and a sincere faith. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts to bring about reform.
Patrick Barrett
Brandon, FL
Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Anonymous said...

The old policies were most certainly sufficient; thanks for your work. Craig S., Lewisville, TX

Scott D. Livingston said...

The IMB Board's resolution in Nov. 2005 that refers to the conviction or practice of a private prayer language violates eight (8) pillars of the BFM 2000 and the inerrant scripture.

Wade Burleson said...

Done.