The State of the Southern Baptist Convention

Dr. Al Mohler explains (among other things) in this recent talk how the Southern Baptist denomination functioned in the post-WWII era like a “Catholic Church of the South,” saying we were “at ease in Zion,”  a reference to Amos 6.

Midway through, Mohler explains how the SBC has been like (1) General Motors (large, successful company that went recently bankrupt) and (2) a shopping mall (large, identity-less structure that has identity and services within).  Both, he points out, are dying out.  He moves on to give several dichotomies that the SBC must confront in dealing with its theology, identity, structure, and practice.

  1. Aim and Structure: missiological or bureaucratic?
  2. Identity: theological or tribal?
  3. Basis of unified work: convictional or confused?
  4. Logic: secular or sectarian?
  5. Age: younger or dead?
  6. Diversity: More diverse or diminished?
  7. Outlook: missional or methodological?
  8. Practical outlook: more strategic or more anemic?
  9. Appearance: more bold or more boring?
  10. Attitude: happy or bitter?

And his final exhortations to the SBC are that we must:

  1. Commit our infrastructure, budgeting, and organization to world mission.
  2. Recover the primacy of the local church.
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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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