To deny that false teachers and preachers are present today in the SBC, the largest Protestant denomination in the world, is to deny: is tantamount to denying their part in the world; ridiculous as an act of discrimination at all other denominations; and either denies the teachings of Jesus on false prophets in the last days, or the reality of the falling away of the last days, or both.
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:11-14)
SBC peoples must take the Bible in total context as any other peoples of the world, not deny that (1) “many false prophets will rise up and deceive” southern Baptists and their churches; (2) not deny that in their church the “love of many will grow cold” as the lawlessness abounds in the world they live also; (3) of course, even though the falling away is a grassroots movement among the people of the world, of which your sb church is part, some sb like other Christians will endure to the end and be saved, and it is incredible to believe that this includes every member of their church for some reason and not the church down the block.
- False is false and there is no difference from SBC false prophets than any other false prophets in the Bible and in the world today.
- False prophets would not be warned as a threat in the Bible if they were not a real threat to the congregation and hence were popular in the world, which begs the issue that the false prophets in the SBC today are pastors of popular and large mega churches. Impossible you say, well that it the amazing aspect of the falling away as it does not seem to be the falling away as the congregation is not aware of it.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (II Timothy 4:3,4)
- Where is the blame and responsibility in any local church of the SBC? Since the falling away above is a grassroots movement among the people, the people of the convention and local churches are ultimately responsible, because: (1) they are among those that allow sound doctrine to slip into intolerance because they replace PR, being social, church administration, theology, and philosophy with the sound doctrine of the Bible; (2) it is the wants or desires of you church members that determines both the path of your local church and the denomination; (3) according to those prejudices and want you yourselves “heap up” or call false preachers (by the way false prophets do not speak false all the time as they would not be popular and acceptable, but meter their falsehoods and Christian fable into weekly messages so you don’t notice so much, and in fact they are influenced by your fellow members in closed doors that you don’t know about (and often not in their messages at all but actions even as Rogers was a good but mediocre preacher that silently became as victim of Patterson and Pressler to divide the SBC into 3 denominations, to instigate a takeover 10 year plan in SBC leadership that effectively denied the autonomy of the local church, and that destroyed the careers and reputations of much better Christian brothers—you know by the fruits of their greater works shall you know them, not by the desires of church members to have the preacher and not by effective PR; (4) it is your church that turns away from total truth because you do not hear it or give it attention of thought—the opposite of the “all scripture” movement and method of the Bible; (5) even as your church fails with time to discern total truth, so you become “turned aside to fables”.
- An intolerance toward sound doctrine has come slowly to SBC churches over a period of 50 years, not by doing bad things, but by substituting other matters for sound Bible doctrine. If you asked your church members on Sunday night to list on a sheet of paper 10 major doctrines of the Bible, 9 out of 10 times you would get church administrative things like: (1) attend church, (2) give to the church support, (3) daily Bible readings, and so on and on—all good things, but are like pennies compared to millions when you compare them to the major doctrines of the Bible! Even as fables are not always bad but rather as artificial and superficial substitutes for total truth, so Christian fables sneak into to push away the sound doctrines of the Bible.
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