|Dr. David Garrison|
I believed the Bible then, and I believe the Bible today.
However, I don't believe so much anymore in the so called "conservative" takeover of the SBC. A few of my moderate friends tried to warn me back then. "Wade, fundamentalists love to fight. You may think you are helping to recover a belief in the infallibility of Scripture, but when the so-called "moderates" are gone from the SBC, those leading this fight will turn against anyone who doesn't agree with their interpretations of the Bible."
Paige Patterson at War with the International Mission Board
The International Society of Christian Apologetics held their annual meeting April 10-11, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Theological Seminary, spoke on the subject: The Consequences of Revolution: The Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention: A Case Study.
I recently discovered this speech on YouTube. One must remember that this speech was delivered over eight months after David Platt was appointed the new president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. In an hour long delivery, Dr. Patterson points out the problems he sees in the Southern Baptist Convention, including those who are charismatic, Calvinistic, and otherwise in ecclesiological error. However, it is what Dr. Patterson said about the International Mission Board that astounded me.
Paige Patterson declared he and others are in a "battle" against the International Mission Board and against the leading Southern Baptist missiologist and global missions strategist, David Garrison, Ph.D (University of Chicago). Dr. Garrison, author of the bestselling books Church Planting Movements: How God Is Redeeming a Lost World, and A Wind in the House of Islam, lives in Colorado with his wife Sonia where he serves as the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s Global Strategist for Evangelical Advance.
I want you to hear Dr. Patterson in his own words. Watch the brief four minute video tape below.
Dr. David Garrison of the International Mission Board is highly educated, supremely respected, and most importantly, Spirit anointed. He is a Southern Baptist who cares about the lost. He not only professes belief in the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible, he is a Southern Baptist who actually lives out that he believes. In other words, David is actually doing the Great Commission, not just preaching it.
Yet, Dr. Patterson says he is in a battle with Dr. Garrison. Good grief.
I am amazed that in a day when Southern Baptist leaders are urging us to "give more" to the International Mission Board, when Southern Baptist leaders are shaming Southern Baptists for giving just 2% to their local churches, and when Southern Baptist leaders are all about "people in the pews not doing enough," not one Southern Baptist leader has called out Paige Patterson for his provocative, public, and pugilistic words about the IMB and their global strategist for church planting.
Look, again, at what Dr. Paige Patterson said
"I just shake my head and I say, 'How many wars you got left in you boy? Here you're going to have to fight again. Unfortunately we got about 750 missionaries that need to be brought home. Uh, either they are in this movement (the church planting movement) or else they're singing "Stand'n on the Promises" while they're only "sit'n on the premises." And, uh, in either event they need to be brought home. And, uh, so we are fighting another grand battle, this one more subtle than the other one actually. And so I ask you to pray for us as we fight the next battle. It is forever the devil on parade."I've taken several courses on body language. I'm not an expert, but I do know more than the average person. During the entire speech Dr. Patterson has a body tic expressed by the involuntary pushing out his right elbow and the raising of his right shoulder (and every now and then his left elbow and left shoulder) as if he is pushing someone off him or elbowing people back. It's the tic of a person who sees himself constantly in a battle others and is in effect saying "Get off me. I'm the boss. Get back and do what I say."
He closes his diatribe against the International Mission Board with many tic movements indicating a person clearly reading to push people off and around. I think its high time Southern Baptists said "enough."
I suggest that the best way to get more money from the average Southern Baptist is for Southern Baptist leaders - Presidents, agency heads, and others -- to tell aging "heroes" and "icons" that the "war" and the "battles" are over.
A house divided will never stand.