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Pastor of Hope Baptist Church Springfield, MO Announces Church’s Departure from SBC via Twitter

Joshua Jenkins, Pastor of the Hope Baptist Church of Springfield, MO announced over the weekend that his church “declared its secession from the Southern Baptist Convention” because, in his words, “The institutions [of the SBC – ed.] no longer represent us and indeed work against so much of what we stand for.”

At the time of this writing the church has offered no further explanation for their decision.

Jenkins joins Jeff Noblit, another Reformed Baptist pastor, of Grace Life Church of Muscle Shoals, whose church announced their own departure from the SBC in October of 2019.

For more on the question of whether to reform or depart the SBC from CR: Voices see:

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Does the SBC Need Another Conservative Resurgence (and Podcast)? with Chris Bolt

On this maiden voyage of the new CR:V Podcast site founder Chris Bolt sets down with Jeff Wright to talk about the doctrinal state of the Southern Baptist Convention, whether or not she needs another Conservative Resurgence, and what this new podcast is all about, anyway.

Find it on Apple Podcasts or by clicking here.

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New Liberalism

New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention

These are the first five posts in a series addressing New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention. “New Liberalism” is a catch-all term for what some see as a theological threat similar to the liberalism of the previous century. This series does not assume that New Liberalism is in the SBC, but is intended to more clearly delineate the concept of New Liberalism in relation to the SBC.

A Divisive Topic

Conservative Silence

A Sociological Approach to Science

Religious Language

Fruits and Roots

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There Is No Peace (Tom Ascol on the Problem of Karen Swallow Prior’s Endorsement of the Revoice Conference)

In this article Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries writes on the problems created for Southern Baptists by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s decision to hire Karen Swallow Prior.

Ascol writes in the piece, “As Dr. Rosaria Butterfield has stated, speaking of the Revoice conference, ‘Gay Christianity is a different religion.’

Yet, President Danny Akin, President of Southeastern, has hired Dr. Karen Swallow Prior to teach at his school when she has unapologetically endorsed a conference that, in the words of Dr. Butterfield, promotes a different religion. And he expects Southern Baptists to sit back quietly and pay her salary.

Read the full article here.

UPDATE: A Follow Up about the Karen Swallow Prior Kerfuffle

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New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention: Fruits and Roots

This post is the fifth in a series addressing New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention. “New Liberalism” is a catch-all term for what some see as a theological threat similar to the liberalism of the previous century. This series does not assume that New Liberalism is in the SBC, but is intended to more clearly delineate the concept of New Liberalism in relation to the SBC.

Psychology and sociology most often function as all-encompassing, transcendent, ideological approaches to understanding the world, operating upon assumptions decidedly opposed to God. One sees this as much in Jordan Peterson as one sees it in Critical Theory. The conclusions may be different from one another, but their foundations are the same. Scripture appears in both, but not as Scripture appears in conservative Christian theology. The difference between secular psychological or sociological approaches to Scripture and conservative Christian theology is not the use of Scripture and religious language, or lack thereof, but the way in which Scripture and religious language are used as either building upon a secular theory or as bedrock for an explicitly Christian theology. We are not saying that those promoting the former set of ideas are not Christian. We are saying that what they promote is not Christian. And we are concerned about which will be preached from our pulpits.

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History New Liberalism Reform

Leave the SBC, Leave the Field

On October 21st Jeff Noblit, pastor of Grace Life Church of the Shoals and founder of Anchored in Truth Ministries announced via Twitter that he had asked his congregation to end fellowship with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Prior to this announcement making the rounds on my Twitter feed I honestly had not ever heard the name Jeff Noblit.[1]  However, I now realize he has a significant footprint in Reformed Baptist circles – the very circles that I think offer the best hope for renewal in evangelicalism broadly and the SBC in particular.  Noblit’s influence appeared not just in retweets and discernment blog posts but in the general upswell of talk (again, on my Twitter feed) of talk about a large exodus of confessional and doctrinally-minded congregations from the SBC.

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New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention: Religious Language

This post is the fourth in a series addressing New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention. “New Liberalism” is a catch-all term for what some see as a theological threat similar to the liberalism of the previous century. This series does not assume that New Liberalism is in the SBC, but is intended to more clearly delineate the concept of New Liberalism in relation to the SBC.

The progenitors of the new progressivist tendency in Christianity might truly believe that they believe the Bible, might earnestly desire others to believe the Bible, and at the very least want others to believe that they believe the Bible. Thus sociological theories are read back into the text of Scripture in much the same way that scientific theories were read back into the text of Scripture, and especially Genesis 1-11, in the old liberalism. Terms are lifted from their texts to create a new Christianity commensurate with and thus subordinate to the spirit of the age.

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New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention: A Sociological Approach to Science

This post is the third in a series addressing New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention. “New Liberalism” is a catch-all term for what some see as a theological threat similar to the liberalism of the previous century. This series does not assume that New Liberalism is in the SBC, but is intended to more clearly delineate the concept of New Liberalism in relation to the SBC.

If secondary, tertiary, and social matters of the Christian faith have come to the center of theological discourse within the SBC, then one cannot escape discussing them. The New Liberalism forces itself upon us. With it comes the exaltation of psychology and sociology in relation to the tenets of a strictly biblical Christian worldview. The idea is that ‘all truth is God’s truth,’ which is true enough in and of itself. However, the approach of the New Liberalism is prone to place parity between the authority of what we derive from nature and the authority of what we derive from Scripture such that the mind of man becomes the measure of all things, including Scripture. In such a system, the word of God is no longer the normative interpretive tool of the word of God, but the word of man, divorced from all but the ethical imperatives of Scripture. Works-righteousness is emphasized, and grace is de-emphasized, soteriologically and hermeneutically, as it were.

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New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention: Conservative Silence

This post is the second in a series addressing New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention. “New Liberalism” is a catch-all term for what some see as a theological threat similar to the liberalism of the previous century. This series does not assume that New Liberalism is in the SBC, but is intended to more clearly delineate the concept of New Liberalism in relation to the SBC.

A divide between conservative and liberal ideologies within the Southern Baptist Convention is not as clear as it once was. No doubt this is partially the case because those considered ‘liberal’ are also those who are now outside the SBC, not in! At the same time, many of those who claim to affirm the conservative principles set forth in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 also manage to look ‘liberal’ in a way their conservative predecessors did not. Some of the same causes that motivated liberals of yesteryear now motivate those who claim the mantle of the Conservative Resurgence. This is particularly true in terms of social engagement, and this fact alone has caused no shortage of speculation. Some attribute this difference to an unhealthy political partisanship of the past, but the point here goes deeper than support for the Moral Majority. While the purpose of this post is not to delve into specifics, the ‘culture’ of the CR is being called into question regarding the treatment of women, minorities, and homosexuals.

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New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention: A Divisive Topic

This post is the first in a series addressing New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention. “New Liberalism” is a catch-all term for what some see as a theological threat similar to the liberalism of the previous century. This series does not assume that New Liberalism is in the SBC, but is intended to more clearly delineate the concept of New Liberalism in relation to the SBC.

Concerns about theological liberalism in the Southern Baptist Convention are typically met with caution about unnecessary division in the SBC. The SBC survived decades of theological liberalism. Theological conservatives came out on top in what is known as the Conservative Resurgence. Some believe the beneficiaries of the CR would do well to enjoy the fruits of the CR rather than creating commotion where there need be none. But the beneficiaries of the CR would likewise do well not to listen to suggestions that we can now sit back on our haunches and wait while incremental cultural changes eat away at what we affirm about Christianity.