Goats In The Pulpit; SBC & FBC Orlando Promote Apostasy (Part 2)

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen has written a four-part article on the apostasy undertaken by First Baptist Church Orlando.  We posted part one with the following lead-in to Bud’s piece:

What happened at First Baptist Church Orlando the night of June 14 was the theological equivalent of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a day of infamy. It was the day that a flagship church of the Southern Baptist Convention, quite literally, sold its soul to the devil and “trampled under foot the Son of God.”

In this hard-hitting series, Ahlheim demonstrates that FBC Pastor David Uth is apostate. What egregious act did the pastor commit to bring this charge from Peters, Ahlheim and others?  In part 2, Ahlheim reveals that the shepherd of the sheep invited “Pulse nightclub survivors, friends and relatives of those killed, and the ‘persecuted LGBTQ community’ at large to a prayer service.  Pay particular attention to this point … he hosted a prayer service … not for them … but with them.”

Moreover,

An array of guest speakers – some pastors, others lay leaders – from Orlando area churches were invited to take turns at the pulpit of First Baptist Orlando to offer spiritual encouragement to the “LGBTQ community,” offer a (Gospel-void) message of hope, and to pray with them for healing, hope, and peace.  And that they did, to a large audience gathered in FBC’s 4,500 seat main sanctuary, an audience comprised largely of members of that unregenerate “community.”

Justin Peters aptly noted that what Uth did in defiance to clear Scriptural commands, especially one that should be known and obeyed by a pastor of Uth’s prominence, was nothing less than “an absolute capitulation to today’s culture.”

With this background in mind, following is part 2, which we urge you to read…. Goat 2

To level a charge of apostasy is no small thing.  It is certainly not done for attention-grabbing headlines or click-bait enticements.  It is done, first, because it is true, but more importantly, it is done as a warning, as a plea for Biblically-focused believers who may yet awaken to the forsaking of the Gospel occurring with ever increasing vigor in their own churches and their own denominations.  It is a call for correction, for righting what is egregiously wrong, and for returning, in repentance, to the narrow path.

“It is not necessary for a man formally to deny God and Christ, in order to be an idolator.  Professed reverence for the God of the Bible and actual idolatry are perfectly compatible; they have often gone side by side, and they still do.  The children of Israel never thought of renouncing God when they persuaded Aaron to make the golden calf.”  J.C. Ryle

For over a millennia and a half, the world has seen and been grievously deceived by the premiere showcase of apostasy on the planet, the Roman Catholic Church.  It is apostate, not because of it’s outright denial of God, but by its malevolently motivated augmentations of Scripture.  By defiantly adding to it, altering or denying doctrines, and creating an unbiblical, legalistic structure for salvation, Rome has turned from Scripture’s clear teaching. 

In opposite fashion, Uth, FBC Orlando, and the Southern Baptist Convention, have apostatized also by turning away from Scripture’s clear teaching.  In this case, by ripping the true Gospel from it and proclaiming an “other” gospel.  (Galatians 1:8)

On June 14, in the aftermath of the terrorist-inspired assault on the Pulse nightclub, First Baptist Church Orlando, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Dr. David Uth, engaged in an event of televised apostasy that should have had every FBC church member, and every Southern Baptist, up in arms in a righteous outcry against his Scriptural defiance.  For a denomination that might likely yet rise up in a temple-cleansing-like manner if one spoke ill of its evangelist-emeritus, Billy Graham, there seemed to be hardly a blink of the eye when Uth  “trampled under foot the Son of God,” as Justin Peters commented.

Uth invited Pulse nightclub survivors, friends and relatives of those killed, and the “persecuted LGBTQ community” at large to a prayer service.  Pay particular attention to this point … he hosted a prayer service … not for them … but with them.

An array of guest speakers – some pastors, others lay leaders – from Orlando area churches were invited to take turns at the pulpit of First Baptist Orlando to offer spiritual encouragement to the “LGBTQ community,” offer a (Gospel-void) message of hope, and to pray with them for healing, hope, and peace.  And that they did, to a large audience gathered in FBC’s 4,500 seat main sanctuary, an audience comprised largely of members of that unregenerate “community.”

It was Uth’s desire to reach out to what was called, during the course of the “service,” the “persecuted LGBTQ community” in Orlando, disregarding the definitive fact that “community” is something rightly built around common values, not common sins.

 
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“Thank you for being here to stand together.  Orlando Strong.  Orlando United.  We come in the name of our Lord Jesus.  Some trust in chariots, some in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God.  We come together for prayer and encouragement.”  Dr. David Uth

From the outset, then, the premise of Uth’s seemingly loving response to the horrific event perpetrated on Orlando’s homosexuals is patently unbiblical.  It doesn’t take much more than a mere superficial reading of Paul in 2 Corinthians to realize that the church is, under no circumstances, to engage in spiritual enterprises with unbelievers.  But Uth decided the apostle’s warnings were to be shunned, apparently being culturally irrelevant, and chose to pursue prayer with known unregenerate guests. 

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?  What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God;  2 Corinthians 6:14-16  

Continue reading

We urge you to read the entire four-part series: Part 1  …. Part 3  …. Part 4

See our White Paper on the Homosexual Agenda

 

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