Saturday, July 04, 2009

Who says denominations are unbiblical and irrelevant?

The Southern Baptist Convention recently passed The Great Commission Task Force resolution. The goal is to appoint a committee to look at how to more effectively carry out the Great Commission. But that was not the only resolution put forth. Check out these other resolutions presented at the 2009 Southern Baptist Convention (none of these passed):

-- William Blosch, a messenger from First Baptist Church in Thomasville, Ga. requested that pictures of all individuals running for an SBC office be made available to messengers during the annual meeting.

-- that SBC entities avoid "the use of secular music in their promotional materials," submitted by Jeff Moats, pastor, Logan Elm Baptist Church in Circleville, Ohio.

-- that messengers "send a strong message of disapproval" to President Barack Obama "for his presidential proclamation ... that proclaims June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month," submitted by John Rushing, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Columbia, Tenn. (that will get him shaking in his boots, a strong message of disapproval!)

-- that a "special committee be formed" to address claims by "some Bible teachers that the world will come to an end on May 21, 2011," submitted by Ben Brazal, pastor, King of Kings Christian Fellowship in Middletown, N.Y.

-- that the Holman Christian Standard Bible "and any translation that questions the validity of any Scripture" be banned from convention literature and from the annual SBC meeting, submitted by Eric K. Williams, pastor, Long Prairie Missionary Baptist Church, Belle Rive, Ill. (ironic since the HCSB was funded by LifeWay)

-- that LifeWay develop and use "American-made" resources in Vacation Bible School materials each year, submitted by Patrick Fuller, senior pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C.

-- that the SBC president "appoint or work through the appropriate entity" to highlight the 400th anniversary in 2011 of the King James Version of the Bible, submitted by Rick Reeder, a messenger from Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, Ky.

-- that Southern Baptists call "on the Pepsi-Cola Company to remain neutral in the cultural war by refraining from promoting the gay/lesbian lifestyle and agenda" through its advertising and that a boycott be undertaken if the company fails to "halt its current direction," submitted by Joe P. Samples, pastor, Salem Baptist Church, Sneads Ferry, N.C.

-- that the SBC designate a "Sanctity of Life" year in the near future," submitted by Joseph N. Giles Jr., a messenger from James Square Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Va.

and my favorite motion...

-- that the SBC adopt the "United States Christian Flag ... as our banner flag of encouragement," submitted by Harold Michael Phillips, senior pastor, Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit, Md.

Plus several motions directed at Mark Driscoll.

(from Baptist Press)

With serious business like this being brought forth, I can certainly see the need for denominations. What would the Gospel ministry do without a "banner flag of encouragement"?

(For more info on the U.S. Christian Flag, "America's Great Wave Offering to our Lord" check out their webpage here)

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