In recent weeks, the number of viewers on this blog has increased drastically. It appears that more and more people are becoming aware of change in their churches.
One topic, in particular, has received more comments than I can begin to publish on the site: that of changes in the Baptist General Conference–now known by its missional name, Converge World Wide.
I know there are many faithful local congregations in this denomination–and pastors who still honor a fundamental interpretation of Scriptures, while viewing all of Scripture as the Word of God. Those of you who have such a local fellowship and faithful pastor are blessed. I pray that your church will continue to preach and teach God’s Word, along with freely exposing and confronting error wherever it may be found. Your pastor needs your support!
My experience with the above named denomination has been tragic. My husband and I have seen a godly pastor dismissed by his congregation, with the aid and authority of the district leaders of the BGC. People in the congregation criticized the pastor for spending too much time on Scripture, and for standing firm on a lifestyle issue which has been clearly delineated by that denomination in the past.
He was also criticized for lacking charisma and sticking to his job of pastor/teacher rather than trying to make church “fun” for the community. This local fellowship has compromised sound fundamental doctrine. Instead, the members are going out into the community and asking, “What would you like our church to be?”
At the national level, the demise of a once Biblically sound group has been apparent to me through articles published in the denomination’s magazine. Please see my March 2nd, 2009 entry for details.
Concerned Christians have commented on the March 2, 2009 entry, legitimately wanting to know more about what is going on in their church. Many times, I’ve read the question, “How does one know when a church is going emergent?
A thorough answer may be found online at the following site: www.understandthetimes.org . Roger Oakland has published an article on the subject, titled: “How to Know When the Emerging Church Shows Signs of Emerging in Your Church” .
In his article, Roger Oakland succinctly lists warning signs. Among them are: 1) the encroachment of mysticism; 2) the error of experiences and subjective feelings as a way to know God in place of knowing Him through His objective Word; 3) a preponderence of psychology in place of sound theology; 4) the heresy that the Church has replaced Israel and Israel has no significance in prophecy; 5) the idea that the Church and Scriptures need to be “reinvented” in order to reach the post-modern generation; 6) a trend toward ecumenical unity, compromise of Christian distinctives, and syncretism of the world’s religions in order to promote missional activities. These are some of Oakland’s warning signs, and more are listed on his website.
The storm is brewing in many denominations and local churches today. All of this is prophesied again and again in the Bible. In the book of Jude we read: “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” Jude–verse 4
As Christians, we need to know what the leaders of our denomination are saying and writing. We need to read their statements, and stay informed as to their activities. What are these leaders preaching? What political and ecumenical movements do they endorse?
Most of all, we need to be like the worthy Bereans. We must search Scriptures daily, to ascertain whether or not whatever we hear is true!
Margaret L. Been–All Rights Reserved