Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 14-15, 2016 ~ St. Louis
1)Golden Gate Seminary in San Francisco underwent a name change to Gateway Seminary.
2)Women should not be drafted. Women may enlist in the armed forces. That decision is entirely up to each individual.
3)Southern Baptists voted to NOT endorse the displaying of the Confederate Flag. It offends some of our black brethren and others. Retired Judge Paul Pressler from Texas who always comes to the Southern Baptist Convention, wanted to address this issue. He was not afforded the opportunity to speak and as a result, he was very angry. James Merritt won the moment with the following quotation that rang with clarity to all who heard it:
“All the Confederate Flags in the world are not worth one soul of any race.”
4)The Southern Baptist Convention voted to support Israel. A vocal minority who believed in “replacement theology,” expressed their viewpoint that Israel is no more special in God’s eyes than any other country. [Replacement Theology is a view held by a minority of evangelicals. They believe that God is finished with using the nation of Israel in His plan, and that the Lord only works through the church now. A thorough exegesis of the scriptures and end times prophecy reveals this viewpoint to be false]. Their spokesman even claimed he was an orthodox Jew from Israel. Nonetheless, the SBC voted overwhelmingly to support Israel.
5)There should be a sensitivity given to Gays and the LGBT, yet it is vitally important that they acknowledge their sin, prayerfully leading to their repentance.
6)Several budget items were presented from the SBC Executive Committee, and “rubber stamped” by the messengers who came to the convention. There were 7,321 registered messengers at the 2016 convention.
7)Seminary Update: “Out of the ten largest seminaries in America, six of them are Southern Baptist.” Paige Patterson Another interesting fact is that Conservative Seminaries are thriving, while secular Seminaries are dying. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 5,000 students – the most pastoral students EVER in one school at one time.
Voting For The President Of The Southern Baptist Convention
The Three Candidates:
1)David Crosby from First Baptist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana, endorsed by Fred Luter.
2)Steve Gaines from Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee, endorsed by Johnny Hunt.
3)J.D. Greer from Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, endorsed by Jimmy Scoggins.
Presidential Vote: After 2 votes, Steve Gaines was three votes short of the needed votes. There was to be a third vote. Greer conceded to Gaines, while Gaines later stated he was going to concede to Greer. Steve Gaines was elected since he was a bit higher in the votes from the last vote. It was a work of grace and unity for these candidates to concede to each other. Steve Gaines is our new president.
J.D. Greer and Steve Gaines were an interesting contrast. Steve Gaines represents a classic flagship SBC church, following Adrian Rogers as their pastor. J.D. Greer is oriented towards the millenial generation, and incredibly, had a jihad declared on him while he was serving as a missionary overseas. His picture was displayed before radical Islamics, and a death warrant was placed upon him. That is why I voted for him.