According to Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen, SBC president Ronnie Floyd has declared a new doctrine — the doctrine of denominational unity. However, Alheim shows in his blog post that Mr. Floyd is actually a divider not a uniter. He contends that under Floyd’s leadership the SBC has lost its way. So he calls for the SBC to repent, believe, and obey the Bible.
Now to Ahlheim’s piece,,,
In what might be appropriately compared to that time back in the 16th century when a certain pope, riled by the outrageous Biblical truths being spouted by an up-start academic German monk, issued a papal cease and desist order, Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, has written a perhaps kinder, gentler entreaty with the same goals. Silence the detractors for the sake of power … err … unity!
Floyd, soon to complete his second and final term at the helm of the SBC, wrote yet another blogged diatribe about his hallowed doctrine of unity. It’s over on the Baptist Press, in case you want to read it. Be aware that Floyd’s plea isn’t theologically rooted either in the doctrine of the unity of the Trinity, nor, even, the doctrine of the unity of the church. Floyd touts the doctrine of denominational unity, a tenet unfounded, as you know, in actual Scripture.
“Unity demands we accept one another in love.”
That’s how he starts. Well, umm, actually Ronnie, the overwhelming impact of Christ’s grace in saving me, giving me a new heart, and generating fruit of the Spirit in my life is what prompts me to love my perhaps otherwise unlovable neighbor. Unity has nothing to do with it. In fact, “unity” is never on my mind as either a concern or a motive for my Christian love. Then again, I’m not enthroned over a denomination that seems to be looking up as the drain drags the clog further down.
Floyd needs unity, wants unity, craves unity because he thinks the magical potion of “come together, kum-ba-ya-ism” will be a tourniquet for the massive bloodletting of members from the ranks. That wound of bloodletting has only widened under Floyd, by the way.
In his blog, Floyd goes on to blindly pass right over the actual reason the bloodletting continues. The hemorrhaging is being catalyzed by the perpetual proclamation of little more than a prosperity gospel from pulpits, the so overly-contextualized Gospel that it’s surprising that the name Jesus even remains in it, and the self-righteous SBC presumption that we will do a job Jesus reserved for Himself – namely, build the church.
“Southern Baptists are no longer in a battle for the Bible, but in a battle with one another. The very soul of our convention is at stake.”
Ooohhh, that sounds so foreboding. The soul of the convention is at stake.
“The soul of the convention?” Gimme a break. Believe it or don’t – and apparently Ronnie “don’t” – Jesus is incredibly more interested that His Gospel – the real one, not the one contextualized to nearly obscuring the divine – be proclaimed, in its’ fullness, to souls that He may just save. Those are the souls matter.
But Floyd is absolutely mistaken that we aren’t any longer “in a battle for the Bible.” That’s the error. And it’s an error of … well … Biblical proportions.
IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE WORD, Ronnie. Always. Just pretend that your life as a believer is always in an “Eden” moment, because in some way, by some means, the enemy is incessantly attacking that Word … and your obedience to it. Continue reading