Marty Duren wrote an excellent blog where he quoted extensively from Judge Paul Pressler's book, "A Hill on Which to Die."
The following two paragraphs are a stunning confirmation to me of all I have been saying these last few months:
The Judge says of the Conservative Resurgence within the Southern Baptist Convention:
The liberals had said that after the conservatives finished with those who held different views of the nature of the Bible, they would begin attaching the charismatics...They also alleged that conservatives would later attack various other groups until they "purified" every aspect of convention life. They said conservatives wanted to make everybody think just as they do. Such a charge was ludicrous.
[Conservatives leaders] would not turn on charismatics after the battle over biblical authority was won...Charismatic worship and understanding of spiritual gifts is an interpretation of Scripture. That was not our concern. Our concern was the nature of Scripture. (pages 128, 154, 158)
Judge Pressler says that an attack on various groups within the convention by conservatives in order to "purify" the convention in every aspect of convention life would not happen.
Judge Pressler was wrong.
It is happening.
Today it is the charismatics, tomorrow it is the Calvinists.
Today it is "women in ministry," tomorrow it is "elder" rule.
Today it is "eternal security," tomorrow it is "regeneration preceeding faith."
All groups will be purged unless somebody says, "ENOUGH!"
I would suggest that we need to come up with a list of "essential" and "non-essential" doctrines.
We as a convention can agree on the essentials, but we give freedom in the area of "non-essentials."
It's sad when we have to keep lists, but unless something is done we will find the convention no larger than the independent, fundamentalist Baptist church down the street which has a sign in front that says, "An Independent, Fundamental, Premillenial, Landmark, King James Version Only Baptist Church --- All Welcome."
In His Grace,