Critics of the BF&M 2000 Justified Or Not?
The leadership of the SBC is bent upon refashioning Southern Baptist doctrine and polity into the historical Roman Catholic model of creedalism and religious hierarchy. This agenda continues to cause much division among Baptists, including splits on the state level of Baptist life. Currently, Texas, Virginia and Missouri each have two competing Baptist conventions, with one convention in each state pledging loyalty to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, and the other convention in each state contending that the Bible supercedes any human creeds. A number of other states conventions, as well as Baptist associations, are witnessing a prolonged struggle over the issue of the BF&M 2000, with many denominational entities refusing the dictates of the SBC to accept the BF&M 2000 as their sole statement of belief. In general, many state Baptist conventions are asserting their autonomous rights in distancing themselves from the creedalistic, fundamentalist SBC.