At this year's 2009 Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, there will be a motion presented that will call upon all Southern Baptist employees to sign The 2009 Great Commission Resurgence Document. Once the motion is approved by the majority of Southern Baptist Convention messengers, the 2009 GCRD will be used as a tool of evangelical accountability for all Southern Baptist employees. Those Southern Baptist agency, missionary, and seminary employees who refuse to sign the 2009 GCRD will be terminated immediately and with cause from their Southern Baptist jobs.
The reasons for the need for this motion include the following:
(1). There are a number of non-evangelicals within the Southern Baptist Convention, and their refusal to sign the 2009 GCRD will identify them.
(2). The 2009 GCRD contains only statements regarding evangelical essentials with which no true evangelical Southern Baptist could disagree.
(3). The 2009 GCRD is a bare minimum statement of evangelicalism, and though Southern Baptist agencies may add additional evangelical requirements for employment, there can be no caveats by SBC employees or prospective missionaries to the 2009 GCD when they affix their signatures to it.
(4). Southern Baptists have every right to determine who it is will be paid by Cooperative Program dollars, and if the majority of messengers demand signatures to the 2009 GCD, then ALL Southern Baptist Convention employees must sign, resign or be terminated.
(5). Using the 2009 GCRD as a tool of evangelical accountability will ensure the reversal of the numerical decline within our Convention, and will increase both baptisms and new church plants.
(6). Those unwilling to sign the 2009 GCRD are free to remain in the Southern Baptist Convention, but they should not be allowed any leadership positions.
(7). For those who complain that Southern Baptists "have no creed but the Bible," we gently remind them that only "liberals" would ever refuse to sign a document passed by a majority of Southern Baptists as a tool of evangelical accountability.
We are six weeks away from the Southern Baptist Convention. Those who refuse to work to bring about passage of this motion to make the 2009 Great Commission Resurgence Document a tool of evangelical accountability for the SBC should issue a personal apology to these people.
In His Grace,
Sarcasm Alert: The foregoing has been written for my Baptist Identity friends.