“…hardly a week goes by without shining more light on the dark corners of the SBC. It gives a whole new meaning to “progressive revelation.” It’s like watching the curtain being pulled back on the Wizard of Oz.” – Tom Ascol, writing on The Founders Ministries Blog.
After running through a veritable laundry list of disturbing revelations about those “dark corners of the SBC” Tom Ascol writes:
Is it any wonder that a growing number of Southern Baptists think that maybe something unhealthy is afoot in their convention? I hear from SBC pastors daily who are frustrated and agitated by what they see going on in their convention. Most are disillusioned and ready to lead their churches to withdraw (I heard of over 70 such churches just last week). My counsel has been to remind every Southern Baptist that the entities, institutions, and agencies of the SBC belong to the churches and the churches must hold them accountable.
These are indeed interesting times, but they are also times that, as Bob Dylan sang, “are a-changing.” Faithful Southern Baptist pastors and church members are no longer willing to be treated like mushrooms by Southern Baptist committees and denominational leaders (you know how to treat mushrooms, right? You keep them in the dark and feed them horse manure).
We expect accountability from our leaders. We aren’t interested in word salad responses to serious questions nor will we settle for mere window dressing when real problems need to be addressed.
Read the rest of his piece here.